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Review: Otargos - 20 Years of Human Termination
20 Years of Human Termination

Label: XenoKorp
Year released: 2021
Duration: 46:02
Tracks: 11
Genre: Black Metal


Review online: April 30, 2021
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
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Rated 4.5/5 (90%) (4 Votes)

I was surprised to see that it's already been nearly 11 years since I reviewed an Otargos album. Their last studio album dates back to 2015 but there's apparently something in the works. This live show was recorded in Lille, France in December 2015, shortly after the release of their last album. Going back to some of the studio recordings and then listening to this, their live performance really brings their material to life (duh). This almost feels like a different band altogether. Everything is louder, heavier, rawer, more punishing than on the studio albums—by a long stretch. The whole album reeks of power and is sprinkled with an evil vibe and it takes you in from beginning to end. When the frontman yells at the crowd to get them moving or just to announce the next song, you fucking pay attention. It's hard to describe in writing, it's something you need to hear for yourselves (note that, the show taking place in France, the little chatter is in French). 20 Years of Human Termination brings a whole new dimension to the band's compositions and is well worth owning. Too bad that it's kind of short at 46 minutes. If it had been double that time, I'd still be asking for more. Addictive from the first listen.

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