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Review: Lightning Swords of Death/Valdur - Lightning Swords of Death/Valdur Split
Lightning Swords of Death
Lightning Swords of Death/Valdur Split

Label: Bloody Mountain Records
Year released: 2009
Duration: 61:38
Tracks: 8
Genre: Black Metal


Review online: August 22, 2009
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
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Rated 3.78/5 (75.56%) (9 Votes)

I usually find split albums great; allowing the listener to discover or hear new tracks from interesting Black Metal acts. This split CD didn't hit home like it normally does for me. After more listens, even if I don't find it outstanding, still it brought home its moments.

Lightning Swords of Death has a powerful approach to this art, and it was recorded with a good sound production. You'll hear distorted crunchy riffs, sick rasps, melodic tremolo picking, and varied paces. Tracks like "Damnation Pentastrike" and "Venter of the Black Beast" are the ones to check if you, like me, are fan of moderate and crushing Black Metal. On their closing song, "Path to Chaos", the Americans added atmospheric keyboards and wickedness to their style. Valdur comes in without almost any real presentation in the info sheet. Their take on Black Metal is more of the rawer/underground style. The cold grimness of their sound is pulsated at high tempos. A few keyboard tones show up here and there. To their usual sick rasps are added cleaner chants, and that occurs in a few instances. On "Blodheon/Vendetta" we can witness epic tremolo picking in their cold atmosphere. On the other hand, in the closing song "Spears Torrent", the band adds a new dimension to their sound by having a melodic 3+ minutes intro composed of clean arpeggios.

Overall, this split is a good sampling of what these unknown US Black Metallers can create.

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