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5.0 out of 5 stars
Coalblack masterpiece, 3 Dec. 2007
I was reluctant to buy this album actually, because while something of a fan, I have come to find some aspects of the BM attitude repulsive. The pseudo-fascism, the half rasist thinking just makes me scared for real. While some of this stuff continues between the lines, Mayhem has apparently been tapping new sources of darkness on this album, going beyond the pubescent Crowley, pentagram, burning churches satanism, plunging headlong into the monstrous world of the likes of H.P Lovecraft. While a continous source of inspiration in metal through the years (Metallica, The Thing That Should Not Be), Mayhem is now firmly grounded in that world, that is, the anti-world of foul, underground "creatures" operating through eons beyond any human conception. This is basically the source of the likes of BURZUM (Ea, Lord of the Deeps) and what I find to be the "true" source of Black Metal. Now, with this album, Mayhem proves that this source has not been tapped, on the contrary, dark evil reigns more than ever on the earths crust. Mayhem knows exactly what its about on this album, and where they want to go, unlike releases after Mysteriis (with MANIAC) which really wasn't going anywhere, just building musical scaffolding around Maniacs rage. Attila + Blasphemer is clearly inspired and I'm sure more is to come from their hands...