|Review: Spetälsk - Spetälsk|
Label: Unexploded Records
Year released: 2007
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: August 2, 2007
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Just a few seconds into this album and one cannot help but think of Marduk and other similar pedal-to-the-metal Swedish Black Metal bands. If you've had enough of that kind of stuff, walk away now, for there is nothing new for you here. Spetälsk do not bring anything new - other than themselves - to the genre. It is déjà vu alright, but at least the guys are pretty damn good at it. While atmosphere always takes a distant second place to a devastating, chaotic speedfest in this style of Black Metal, the band has managed to give it this "dark and evil" (cliché, I know) atmosphere in subtle ways, popping up here and there when we least expect it. Raspy Black Metal vocals and fast drums and guitars like you've heard them hundreds of times before are at the rendez-vous, with the added bonus that you can actually tell the songs apart (not always true in this style of BM), and some of them even have a little catchy edge. And at 35 minutes, the length is just perfect to avoid getting too repetitive and boring the listener.
So, one more Marduk-worshipping band has been unleashed upon us - actually they've been around since 2000, but this is their first full length - but I'll take that over some keyboard-lovin' Cradle or Dimmu clone any day of the week and twice on Sunday. Bottom line, this is a rather good album for the genre, so if you just can't get enough of that sound, then definitely give this bad boy a try.
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