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Review: Angst - In Hoc Signo Vinces
In Hoc Signo Vinces

Label: Blakk Attakk
Year released: 2005
Duration: 32:07
Tracks: 9
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: October 21, 2006
Reviewed by: Lars Christiansen
Readers Rating
In Hoc Signo Vinces

Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (2 Votes)

Like a lot of their similarly domiciled compatriots (Setherial/Naglfar/Marduk etc.), Angst opt for that full on in your face blast-a-thon style of black metal (cruelly called 'Washing Machine' metal by some lesser beings), and they do a pretty damn good job of it at that. The all important aspects of great production and faultless musicianship, paired with fantastic song structuring abilities and that indispensable X-factor are all present and correct, pushing Angst into the cream of this genres crop in my estimations.

Ok, with so many similarly styled bands out there on the circuit, uniqueness isn't necessarily rife throughout, but the band's overall intensity levels and head-spinning riffage help to torpedo the album's dizzying velocity throughout the full half hours duration, in what seems like a matter of minutes to the listener. Very cold, clinically put together and flawlessly executed (especially for a debut effort), Angst have set themselves a tough benchmark to try to surpass in their next album attempt. Really headbangable crunchy riffs are intermingled with the usual tremolo picked verses, giving that good old heady mid-nineties quality to the proceedings.

There is simply no let up throughout, the album tears your face off and leaves glowing embers in your ears – and I love it! In fact, the only real gripe I have about this, is the fact that this particular promo CD stubbornly refused to play in my usual stereo (ahhrse!), relegating me to the sub-zero temperatures of my back room every time I wanted to listen to it. It was quite fitting however, that the icy temperatures are the perfect combination for this album, which creates its own frosty atmosphere with every spin. You can almost hear those frozen Swedish fjords raging and crashing behind your speakers. So get those extra layers on, hunt this album down, and get set in for the big freeze.

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