Anarazel-Our Dark Lord & Saviour album review By Mark J.. FFO: Sensational Old School Black Metal and Dark Thrash masterpiece.
Anarazel-Our Dark Lord & Saviour album review By Mark J. FFO: Sensational Old School Black Metal and Dark Thrash masterpiece.
We certainly get many releases across our digital desk and only a few grab our attention instantly, but this one literally grabbed us by the throat and headbutted us. Anarazel delivers a crushing masterpiece with their second full-length album and it is a stunning release that you need.
The band have actually existed since 1996 and member changes and breaks aside, they have a robust ethos of solid spine-ripping black metal of the finest quality. What I love about this band is they certainly are massively influenced by Norway and its Nordic neighbours but have ravishing throwbacks to the old greats such as Bathory, Venom and German thrash legends such as Sodom, Destruction and Kreator. Combine this with a dual vocal attack, brilliant songwriting skills and stellar production and you have a seriously assured and bombastic masterpiece.
Our Dark Lord & Saviour is a 10-track album with one track having a moody sample-based instrumental focus and the rest are straight-up aggressive black metal beasts. Heretic Priest is the opening track that has a witty anti-christian sample and then simply slices your head off with hideously biting riffs and nuclear-powered vocals. The title track is as bananas with brutal blasts, rasping classic devilish vocals and cold as-hell guitarwork. The tempo is as frenzied as the vitriol in the vocal delivery. One notable change is the guitar magic on this album really makes every track shine. The playing is precise, moody as fuck and super atmospheric, but also has that punishing aspect-i.e. black metal perfection.
This menacing skill makes every track pop. Equally, Fuck Your God(Satan is King), Bloodwitch, Realm of the Crucifer and Death Always Wins shows how amazing this band is with blinding work that at times is almost like Morbid Angel/Deicide in a blender with early Dark Throne/Emperor and Immortal. And that is not a pisstake, this masterpiece is as cold as the harshest Norwegian winter but as punishing as all the battering that early Florida death metal dishes out. Two other tracks really stand out, Serpent's Temptation is a fast-paced anthem that has all the frightening of early Bathory mixed with hauntingly and super forceful guitar work that can be pleasantly dour, but dynamic as fuck. This track is easily the finest track, a splendidly morose classic.
Kudos Anarazel, you are a black metal force.
Go see them live and support them hard.
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