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Review: Svarttjern - Misanthropic Path of Madness
Misanthropic Path of Madness

Label: Schwarzdorn Productions
Year released: 2009
Duration: 31:40
Tracks: 8
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: February 16, 2009
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
Readers Rating
Misanthropic Path of Madness

Rated 3.83/5 (76.67%) (6 Votes)

Svarttjern plays true Norwegian Black Metal. Front man and founding member HansFyrste (Ragnarok), has made a name for himself playing live with bands like Koldbrann, Natterfrost and Taake. So, here we have no newcomers in the Norwegian underground scene, even if Misanthropic Path of Madness is actually Svarttjern's debut album.

This 31 minutes CD consist of seven short (3-4 minutes) songs, and a bonus track. What is exactly their take on true Norwegian Black Metal? Simple: powerful and icy cold grimness of a furious nature. The drumming on this disc is just pounding and pummeling, while settling the very kicking aspect of this recording. It's like an unstoppable tank destroying all in its path! Madness! Great riffs, fast tremolo picking, some clean arpeggios and cool leads are the results of two guitar players, founder Haan and Fjell- nord. The rhythmic section is really strong and powerful, but the lead guitar is too discrete. Its parts are well appreciated though, adding a melodic touch which would be missing otherwise. HansFyrst's vocals are great deep rasps, feeling right at home in this Nordic scenery. The songs are pretty much built on the same formula, and lacking variation. Each single composition is actually good, just a longer album would have become redundant. Some tracks do have a little something different to offer such as: "Ancient Shadows Revelations" (moderate pace, crushing riffs), "Finally the World Shall Reshape" (discrete arpeggios) and the bonus track, being the more varied and melodic one.

Misanthropic Path of Madness = grim, fast and brutal Norwegian madness.

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