2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Different, but give it a chance!,
By A Customer
This review is from: Grand Declaration of War (Audio CD)
When I first put this CD in my player I was disappointed. It did not sound very interesting, indeed, at first I was bored to tears with it. A lot less heavy than their earlier release.
But it grew on me. A lot. Awesome drumming and great guitarwork, accompanied by haunting shrieks. The music has a 'hollow', 'chilled' feeling to it, which I think fits the album perfectly.
This is one of those CDs that you can't judge on one listen, especially since Mayhem have had such an aura of 'black metal incarnate' around them, that everyone "knew" what to expect of them. They are doing something different now, which will probably scare off some of the people who thought they'd do another "De Mysteriis". They did not. They changed. But to me, it's a change for the good once you've accepted the fact that Mayhem could not ever make another "De Mysteriis" and get away with it.