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Review: Weltmacht - The Call To Battle
The Call To Battle

Label: Elegy Records
Year released: 2001
Duration: 31:39
Tracks: 12
Genre: Black Metal


Review online: November 7, 2001
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
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Rated 4.09/5 (81.82%) (11 Votes)

Judas Iscariot fans go buy this. Ok now for a longer version... As you've probably guessed, this band has for member JI's Akhenaten, as well as Krieg's Imperial on vocals, and Cryptic Winter on drums. This stuff is pretty much in the same vein as the best Judas Iscariot material, employing raw and crunching guitars but also an effective, non-obstrusive use of keyboards for added atmosphere. There's quite a bit of melody in here as well, but don't mistake melodic for happy-sounding - it's not. Quite an effective work of Black Metal here, starting on a short atmospheric intro and ending on a damned depressive outro. The material in-between has an overall depressing feeling to it, even the addition of the keyboards doesn't take away the rawness of the guitars here, so don't worry about this being pussified BM - it's not. Imperial's vocals on this are much less extreme (or sick?) than on Krieg's "The Church" MCD. He does an excellent job in matching the music's feel and in a couple of spots comes up with some very high pitched screams that should content amateurs of extreme vocals. The only thing I don't like on this album is the outro... The damn thing makes me want to jump off the window. But then again maybe that's intentional. :)

This LP is a limited edition although the number of copies is not known, but it appears to be sold out (and it sold out fast). Elegy Records recently released this on CD - limited to 1000 copies, so if you can't find the LP (or simply do not have a record player...), you can always go for the CD version. I went for both the LP and the CD. Ma-Kahru did a much better job on the LP's packaging than Elegy Records did on the CD's, which looks a little cheap in comparison. Highly recommended.

Additional Information

- Vinyl version released by Ma-Kahru Distribution

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