|Review: War for War - Vez Smrti|
Label: Naga Productions
Year released: 2010
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: October 18, 2010
Reviewed by: Bruce Dragonchaser
War For War is one of many vehicles for Lord Morbivod, a man with his fingers in a lot of pies (though one may recognize him from his exploits in Trollech). Vez Smrti is his third album under this name, and as you'd expect from someone with so much experience, it is well performed, well rendered, and well presented. But do I like it? I'm not entirely sure. On the one hand, Morbivod isn't scared of experimenting; in fact, a lot of the music on here isn't even Black Metal. The riffs at times are so melodic they could have been penned by Ensiferum, and despite the fleeting Folk Metal fancies, there is an industrial feel to the album, with lots of clamoring hammers and such pounding away while Morbivod screams his heart out.
As an album, Vez Smrti has good flow, and the production is quite clean, giving the riffs bounce and polish. There's a good use of keys too, adding the mechanical element here and there, making proceedings sound a little symphonic. If you're at all familiar with foreign-sung metal (especially from the Pagan Metal scene) then most of what you'll hear here won't surprise you, though "Technologie Tezby" is a synth-led dance tune complete with BM vocals and processed drums that sounds more like a Pendulum-meets-Rammstein hybrid than anything which ever sported corpse paint. As such, this album is an interesting experiment, but one I'd approach with caution.
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