|Review: Tsjuder - Demonic Possession|
Label: Drakkar Productions
Year released: 2002
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: January 10, 2004
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Rated 4/5 (80%) (13 Votes)
I found Tsjuder's debut to be quite refreshing some 3 years ago, but this followup unfortunately does not live up to expectations. Not that this is a bad album, quite the contrary, but the band has unfortunately let go of its own identity to adopt a style much more influenced by the likes of hyper-speed Black Metal bands such as Setherial and Panzer Division-era Marduk. That's not necessarily a bad influence per se, but considering that Tsjuder had their own thing going on "Kill for Satan"... Well, I'd have preferred to see them expand on their own sound rather than move toward a kind of semi-cloning.
That said, "Demonic Possession" is still an excellent gathering of speedy Black Metal, with some thrash influences thrown in here and there which I found quite interesting, if not addictive. The fourth song, "Bloodshedding Horror" begins in such a way that you could almost mistake it for a Motörhead song... Before turning into yet another high-speed frenzy - hehehe. :) The vocals are your typical low BM screeches, with the distinction that one can understand a lot of what's being said - now that's not something I'm used to with Black Metal. Just like on the band's debut, "speed" is the keyword here, but it's speed with senses rather than just speed for the sake of playing fast. There's a lot to take in on this album and it takes several listens to really appreciate the material.
A very good album despite a step in the wrong direction, hopefully Tsjuder will correct its aim on their next album. In the meantime, if speedy Black Metal is your thing, this is very well worth checking out.
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