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Review: Myrddraal - Blood On The Mountain
Blood On The Mountain

Label: Decius Productions
Year released: 2001
Duration: 52:46
Tracks: 8
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: February 24, 2002
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
Blood On The Mountain

Rated 3.33/5 (66.67%) (3 Votes)

Myrddraal is a Black Metal band hailing from Australia. They play an very well-balanced mix of raw and brutal metal with quite a bit of more melodic stuff thrown in. It is not a new concept but I must say that this is definitely one of the best I've heard. Lots of variety on the album, from very raw metal to acoustic passages, and the vocals are mixed just right (I've never been too much of a fan of non-clean vocals so I appreciate when they're mixed so that they don't bury the music - and no, clean vocals wouldn't fit well with this music. ;)) I found many similarities with the material from the album "Chaos Supreme" by French BMers Hegemon - sometimes in the vocal style, sometimes in the guitar sound. Some songs could almost be used by the other band and nobody would raise an eyebrow (the 6th song, "Under The Banner" sure would be a candidate). This band's sound is pretty much in the vein of early 90's Black Metal - no frills, no faggotry, just aggressive, raw music. Not much to complain about with this release, except maybe that I found the intro to be a little on the long side and the sound is sometimes a little bit weak.

Overall, a very good album that I highly recommend to fans of the genre - and maybe others who'd like to give this a try. Another band that helps reinforce Australia's position as a strong contributor to the metal community.

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