|Review: Slagmark - Eradication|
Label: Edgerunner Music
Year released: 2005
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: May 4, 2005
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Rated 5/5 (100%) (1 Vote)
I was sure this was going to be some nu-puke crap from the name, but despite a silly moniker, Slagmark are not anything of the sort. This is the debut from this rather obscure band from Norway, and it is a pretty furious BM assault with some thrash kick and a degree of technicality.
This is generally in the vein of Black/Death bands like Belphegor, mixing the tremolo/shriek approach with a sharper, Death-style production job. With some thrash chunk in their riffing, it would seem like Slagmark couldn't miss. But their devotion to technicality trips them up, as they have made their arrangements just too darned busy and elaborate, so the songs come out all disjointed and lack cohesion as real songs. This is enjoyable, but so technical that almost none of it is really memorable. Perhaps those who are more into techy, proggish leanings in their extreme metal will like this better than me. But overall I have to say I found Slagmark entertaining, but not compelling.
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