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Review: Svierg - MMIX

Year released: 2010
Originally released in: 2009
Duration: 20:21
Tracks: 4
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: October 28, 2010
Reviewed by: Bruce Dragonchaser
Readers Rating

Rated 4.5/5 (90%) (4 Votes)

It's a shame I don't give four-star ratings to demos, because if there was ever gonna be a recording to win that accolade, it would certainly go to Svierg and his severely limited MMIX demo. Proving to the world that Black Metal can exist in Virginia (where no other good bands hail, apparently), Svierg plays everything on this little bitch, and he does so with a lot of anger and spirit. This is generally fast-paced old school BM in the Burzum and Bathory mode, but in the guitar work there are a lot of melodic movements, sweeping through the tracks with frightening skill. The voice behind the music is a pissed-off wasp-sting, and the guitars sound like a swarm of locusts closing over a small continent.

Lyrically, this four-track collection is all about the destruction of our planet, with songs like "Earth Lacerated By Saturn's Rings" and "Light Obscured By Earth's Debris" sounding very much like the end of the world. It's true that is this a demo of some obvious merit, but there's just not enough material to score any higher. Svierg is a talented individual who can meld together this sometimes destructive form of music with the pure fucking hatred of the madly disturbed (just take a lot at that cover art), and if this is what he can do with the demo format, I am seriously interested in hearing the full-length.

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