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Review: Algor - Úder pohanského hnevu
Úder pohanského hnevu

Label: Eclipse Productions
Year released: 2003
Duration: 46:50
Tracks: 10
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 4.5/5

Review online: February 15, 2009
Reviewed by: Lars Christiansen
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Úder pohanského hnevu

Rated 4/5 (80%) (7 Votes)

When it comes to Black Metal, you can rely on the constituent parts of what was formerly Czechoslovakia to bring the quality to your speakers, with Slovakia's Algor being one of my personal favorites for a good few years now. This, their only full length album (the title of which translates roughly to 'The Strike of Pagan Wrath'), gives a raw display of hate-filled bile worthy of any frostbitten Black Metal collection.

All the tracks have a highly melodious streak, whilst managing to retain the soaring level of detestation thanks to the excellent vocal work (and the bitter harshness of the Slovak lyrics being spat forth). Riffs flow incredibly well into each other, forming a triumphant grandiose feeling from the ten relatively short tracks, occasionally incorporating acoustic guitar interludes that fit into the barrage perfectly. Those looking for atmosphere created by nothing but riffs, drums, bass and vocals are certainly in for a treat — this album is brimming with a dark energy that manages to revitalize as much as it does impress. For me, the highlight of the album is "V objati lesnej rise" - a perfect example of a fantastically put pieced together song that has a richness and quality of the very best in the field. As a whole there's something incredibly deep about every second of this release, and do you know what? I think it might just be pure old-fashioned authenticity. If you can track this down, it's highly recommended from me.

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