|Review: Megiddo - The Atavism of Evil|
|The Atavism of Evil|
Label: Barbarian Wrath
Year released: 2002
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: September 20, 2002
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
for:The Atavism of Evil
Second studio album for this Toronto black metal outfit, and like its predecessor limited to 666 copies (although the first album will be re-released with no print limit.) "The Atavism of Evil" follows the same general musical direction as the first album and "The Final War" demo, offering a very raw and aggressive Black Metal that can put some of the early Norwegian BM bands to shame. Do not expect any artifices or pussified keyboards and female vocals to make things pretty here, so unless you are comfortable with the likes of Darkthrone, this is not for you. The vocals are very raw BM screeches, but most of the time clear enough to be understandable (I'll take that any day over Death Metal growls!)
Those familiar with Megiddo's previous releases will recognize a couple of songs here, "The Final War" and "Pentagram", re-recorded for this album with a slightly better sound - but I really had to listen to the different versions one after the other to notice any difference. This is both good and bad, the use of older songs limiting the amount of brand new material. But then again, I can't really complain about a new version of such a killer song as "The Final War". ;) Interestingly, the lyrics are included for 6 songs only... A bit of an annoyance but it's better than nothing. The intro and outro are the sound of a thunderstorm, a bit too long for my taste (each are a little over 2 minutes in length), this could easily have been cut in half.
Fans of Megiddo probably already have this (or should get it if they don't), while newcomers may want to check the sound samples on the label's web site. With "The Atavism of Evil", the band perpetuates its mastery of mixing relatively simple music with an ever-present dark atmosphere to deliver some very effective minimalistic Black Metal - one more proof that you don't need to throw in a lot of bullshit instruments to get the job done right. Killer album, recommended only to those who will appreciate the genius of its simplicity.
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