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Review: Slagmaur - Skrekk Lich Kunstler
Skrekk Lich Kunstler

Label: Nekk Brekk Productions
Year released: 2007
Duration: 33:03
Tracks: 5
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 4.5/5

Review online: February 18, 2008
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
Readers Rating
Skrekk Lich Kunstler

Rated 3.67/5 (73.33%) (6 Votes)

I have fond memories of last year's release Svin by Slagmaur and still have the matchbox that came with the digipack on my PC desk. So I was more than curious to find out what this new work would sound like.

Just have a look at the cover art to figure out what is going on this album. The enigmatic soul behind this project, General Gribbsphiiser, is directing its phantom-like orchestra and ghostly audience into unmapped territories; breaking all conventions to create a truly personal and authentic piece of art. One would not be surprised to find out that Slagmaur hails from the great musical Nordic country, Norway. General Gribbsphiiser composed all the music and plays just about all the instruments including guitar, bass, keyboards, piano, cello, acoustic guitars and vocals. Some dark creatures helped him out on this recording: Wardr (drums, keyboards and vocals), Atselgribb (vocals) and violinist Miss Dissonance. Black Metal is the basic canvas on which the General sketched a weird scenario. Avant-gardist, experimental, cinematic, psychedelic and, most of all, haunted is how I would describe Skrekk Lich Kunstler. Simple and complex at the same time, melodic too but, always breaking boundaries; a real intense, challenging and thrilling listening experience. Blast beats are included, but it's pounding drum galore here. Some of the parts are reminiscent of Funeral Doom done at mid tempo, unusual and innovative! No need to point out a specific track since all five are more than worth mentioning.

All hails to the ghostly Slagmaur!

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