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Review: Megiddo - The Final War
The Final War

Label: Unsung Heroes Records
Year released: 1999
Duration: 52:48
Tracks: 13
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 4.75/5

Review online: March 20, 2001
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
The Final War

Rated 3.89/5 (77.78%) (9 Votes)

Hehehe.... Is that fucking raw true Black Metal or what. The Final War contains Megiddo's first two demos on one CD-R (yes) limited to 113 copies. This one-man project from Toronto has nothing to envy its European counterparts. This sure isn't just another North American band jumping on the BM bandwagon with keyboards and female vocals (nothing wrong with those except for the fact that some are posers.) Megiddo describes itself as "unholy hateful black pentagram metal". If you think that's a weird description, I subject you go check the interviews on Mediggo's web site to clear things up. Megiddo's message is not for the faint of heart, so if you can't deal with that, hmmmm, get the latest Backstreet Boys album ;)

This being essentially a compilation of demos, I won't surprise anyone by saying that the production leaves to be desired. However, in this particular case, I think it adds to the overall grim, violent feeling that comes out of the music. I don't have a professionally-produced Megiddo album yet so it's hard to compare to see if they managed to keep that "atmosphere" with better production means. I would compare the production with Darkthrone's, which means raw and ugly, and damn effective. The material was recorded at ChorazaiM's own Goat Perversion Studios, deemed a "completely non-professional studio" by its owner.

The vocals, while BM-like, are actually quite easy to understand compared to many other BM vocals I've heard - still extreme and hateful enough though, and a perfect match for the very raw sound here. Since the lyrics are not in the booklet, this is definitely a plus, at least it doesn't require extraordinary efforts to understand what he's saying.

Additional Information

CD-R - limited to 113 hand-numbered copies

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