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Hands down the best metal album ever made. A masterpiece.
on 1 May 2012
If a gun was put to my head and I was forced to choose album to listen to for the rest of my existence, Lawless Darkness would be it. Darkly beautiful, brash and fantastical, it has everything you could possibly want from a Black Metal album.
Erik Danielsson is lyrical genius. His writings conjure up all sorts of disturbing imagery that seem to infuse so naturally with the music, it's sometimes hard to believe what you're feeling. While I understand that music is primarily something we hear, the goosebumps I get when I hear lyrics such as:..
"A lawless realm where chaos breeds and howls most foul asound.
So stay away, ye who is of God
This is enemy ground."
.. is just so overpowering, I may feel the need to sit down.
It's an ambitious album to say the least, without a single song under 5 minutes, and the total length an astounding 73 minutes long. Despite the length, listening to the Lawless Darkness in a single sitting is without doubt the only way I could suggest listening to it. For a Black Metal album, it is also a very melodic, atmospheric piece that in some way creates a weirdly serene ambience. In most of the songs, a darkly progressive aspect will form, bringing in haunting guitar pieces that echo and ring throughout the album. Combine this, with the typical furious drumming and guitar work, and the hideous screeches that are always present in Black Metal, and you'll find something entirely different. Something that is beautiful, heavy, atmospheric and wonderful, for all the right reasons and many more.
While the entire album is amazing, I feel I should give a special mention to my favourite songs. Malfeitor, Reaping Death, Wolves Curse, Total Funeral and Waters of Ain are my personal favourites, but as I said, every track is an absolute whopper.
In a last ditch effort to convince you to get this masterpiece, if anything happened to the disc I currently own, in a heartbeat and without a single backwards glance, I would purchase it again... and again.