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Review: Mephorash - Chalice of Thagirion
Chalice of Thagirion

Label: Grom Records
Year released: 2012
Duration: 56:49
Tracks: 11
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: May 3, 2013
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
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Chalice of Thagirion


Second album for this Swedish band, who on the one hand do not seem to have any ambition to step outside the borders of Second-Wave BM worship, but on the other hand are crushing it pretty fucking hard within their chosen area. This is much more 'modern' sounding, like Belephegor or Marduk, with a powerful production and a heavy, propulsive guitar sound. This album does nothing you don't expect -it blasts, it screams, it hammers the double-bass drums and the tremolo guitar riffs. The difference is that everything here is just a bit better than the standard. The riffs are more inventive, the heaviness more relentless, the vocals more feral, and the songs more energetic than the usual run of generic modern bands of this kind. This is almost completely derivative, but it remains a highly enjoyable blast of hell-spitting chaos anyway.

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