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Review: Weltmacht - And to Every Beast Its Prey
And to Every Beast Its Prey

Label: No Colours Records
Year released: 2003
Duration: 43:10
Tracks: 8
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: November 16, 2007
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
And to Every Beast Its Prey

Rated 4.08/5 (81.67%) (12 Votes)

It's only a few months ago that I found out that Weltmacht had released a second album (for some reason, I thought they had disbanded after "The Call to Battle" - although they are now disbanded.)  Not exactly easy to find by then, some three years after its release, I was glad to find an eBay-based distro that had it for sale at a regular price.  This second opus is yet another slab of great Black Metal that loosely follows into the steps of "The Call to Battle".  Not as raw as its predecessor overall, "And to Every Beast Its Prey" is actually quite melodic, but in a rather raw and non-fruity kind of way.  Keyboards are used sparingly and to great effect.  The music is kind of catchy, or at least as catchy as raw Black Metal can be - in other words, this is not minimalistic über cult Black Metal, but instead a good balance between raw and more "refined" music.  The atmosphere is dark and threatening, but at the same time somewhat upbeat, an interesting combination that for me made this "repeat play"-worthy.  What stands out the most though are the vocals; mostly a raspy BM screech that flirts with Burzum territory in terms of insanity, sometimes "degenerating" (in a good way) into an abysmal, haunting scream that seems to reach for the listener from beyond the grave.

Overall a great follow up that should please fans of the debut, and might even bring in a few that found it a bit too raw and "generic".  Too bad we won't be seeing any new material from these guys.

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