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Review: Troll - Drep De Kristne
Drep De Kristne

Label: Head Not Found
Year released: 1996
Duration: 36:10
Tracks: 8
Genre: Symphonic Black Metal


Review online: October 10, 2007
Reviewed by: Lars Christiansen
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Rated 4.06/5 (81.18%) (17 Votes)

Troll are one of the many projects of Nagash (ex-Dimmu Borgir, Carpe Tenebrum etc), and yet another band who were great in their early days, but went on to suck greatly in their later periods (i.e going on to wear loads of make-up, add industrial elements etc, similar to another one of his projects The Kovenant). However, 'Drep De Kristne' saw Nagash creating some really fucking evil black metal, which fizzes with scorn for Christianity from the perspective of... well... a Troll. Laugh all you might, but this is an excellent album. In fact, I'd probably rank it in the top ten of the darkest symphonic black metal albums in existence.

Amongst all the darkness, there are the occasional nods at the humpaa metal of Finntroll and Korpiklaani (see 'Trollberg' in particular for an example of this), but for the most part, it purveys evil ensconced and sinister black metal all the way. Nagash's vocals gurgle and spit tales of sheer hatred, while the guitars sparkle with an acerbic froth, eating into the veil of synthesizers which readily float around each chord struck. The drums merely clatter away tirelessly in the background, adding nothing more to the music other than strong foundations for the other instruments to work their spellbinding magic.

'Drep De Kristne' has its fair share of spacey, epic moments, whilst managing to maintain a gloomy, bitter aura throughout. To me, it gives a perfect example of how symphonic black metal can be grim, kvlt and true too. All in all, this is well worth digging around for.

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