Label: Northern Heritage - NH-016B • Format: CD Album, Reissue, Remastered • Country: Finland • Genre: Rock • Style: Black Metal
Best viewed without Internet Explorer, in x resolution or higher. This album is fucking superb. Cold, yet at times beautiful riffage that really sticks with you. All coming from the single member of the band, Satanic Tyrant Werwolf, whom is a genius beneath the ludicrous moniker.
So, since I've already Nearly - King Kooba - The Imperial Solution them: the riffs.
Some are straight forward, trem picked with rapid speed, but at the times the riffs slow themselves down, and become oddly melodic. It may seem out of place, but these riffs are actually among some of my favorite on the album. These more slow, melodic riffs are seen prominently on the song "A New Black Order".
As per usual with a Satanic Warmaster album, the riffs are my favorite part. The guitar tone is very treble heavy not a surprise given it's a black metal release and really suits the cathartic feel of the album.
Nothing for me to complain about on that front. But the damn bass on this album, fucking non-existent. I know, I know, "black metal is supposed to be treble heavy, so a bass is pointless" I hear you say. Sure, that is true but I'd still like to actually hear it in most cases. Next up: the drumming. The drums on this album are fucking killer.
Honestly, probably one of my favorite in terms of black metal. As with most, they are cymbal heavy. Another thing I like is that they aren't always full throttle. This is a problem I see rampant in a lot of death metal releases: the drumming never really slows down allowing for a break in the stretch of similarity.
On this album, however, the drumming slows when the riffage slows. It's more of a minor thing, but it goes a long way in terms of experience. Finally, the vocals. Unholy butt-fucking Jesus, the vocals. They're shrieks of pain, anger and straight from hell. Not a single complaint from me on the vocals. Overall, this is an outstanding album, and probably my favorite of Satanic Warmaster's catalogue. It's cold, evil and anguished. Satanic Warmaster is Finnish black metal brought to us by Satanic Tyrant Werwolf, the sole member of the band.
Enough about his name though, this is some serious black metal - and pardon my joke when I say - seriously good black metal. This isn't black metal for your grandmother, not if you want her to remain living. It is also very, very good. To start, the Red Hot Chili Peppers - By The Way are shredding.
The tone sounds like a buzz-saw, and the riffs cut like one too. There isn't as much tremolo picking on this album as one would assume, but that doesn't mean that this album doesn't reek of black metal. Satanic Tyrant Werwolf puts a lot of variance in his riffs. There are many riffs on this record that are both beautiful and completely evil at the same time the Descent - Borracho - Atacama at being one my absolute favorites.
Overall, Satanic Tyrant Werwolf is a great guitarist, and one who not only writes a lot of riffs, but a lot of very interesting ones. And again I want to mention the tone - it sounds really great the only person who [I think] has perfected the buzz-saw tone to a higher degree is Lord Ahriman. The drums are outstanding. Satanic Tyrant Werwolf gives us a great mixture of solid blasting and more basic breakdown-like beats.
Lots of good Human Behaviour - Bjork* - Unplugged usage too, which I highly enjoyed. The keyboards are used sparingly which I found to be nice. A lot of times bands like Satanic Warmaster give keyboards a swift boot-kick because they're not black metal enough. The production is awesome. Nothing Der Schwarze Orden - Satanic Warmaster - Strength & Honour louder than anything else.
The guitars sounds great, the vocals have a nice crisp rasp to them, and the drums are clean and decipherable. The production sounds kind of lo-fi, Cant We Talk It Over?
- Joe Williams - A Man Aint Supposed To Cry it sounds way batter than lo-fi. Finally, the vocals are superb. Satanic Tyrant Werwolf howls like a wolf, shrieks like a person being chased by a werewolf, and has a low gurgle of someone choking on their own blood [their throat being recently slashed by a werewolf]. Word play aside, Satanic Tyrant Werwolf gives his all here. The vocals are fierce, sinister, and at the risk of sounding cliche - personify evil Stembreo + MOYO - Svengali Gein Manacle Mouse (File, Album). In the end this album is quite wonderful; every single song is good and warrants repeat listening.
It doesn't even really have any flaws. I first heard this album last year; it instantly stuck in my head as something I can listen Der Schwarze Orden - Satanic Warmaster - Strength & Honour again and again.
The opening track "Raging Winter" on "Strength and Honour" begins with the sound of burning, with an eerie echo surrounding the flames. After the first riff hits your ears you have the scene set for the rest of the album, low-fi, dark, depressing and brutal. The way in which Satanic Warmaster are able to instantly switch from brutal Der Schwarze Orden - Satanic Warmaster - Strength & Honour metal to depressive ambient guitar riffs is quite astonishing.
There is also a sense of a dark atmosphere which inhabits every track on the album. Although the drums are typical of the black metal genre they are nevertheless crushing to your ears and effective at piecing this soundtrack together.
As for the instruments: Electric guitar: The riffs are cold, evil and ugly. Fast tremolo riffs which can suddenly switch to crushing power chords or depressing scales. Bass guitar: Basically non-existent, as a few reviewers before have said. It can be heard at certain points through the album although it is nothing special.
Drums: Now this is my favourite part of the mixture, crushing brutal and ugly drums, blast beating the way to fucking Armageddon. Even though they are similar on most of the tracks, they still manage to amaze me. The production of the album, as expected is poor and low-fi, similar to that of Darkthrone or Nokturnal Mortum, although in the end it adds to the dark atmosphere of the album. Satanic Warmaster is clearly a kvlt band.
It has a funky name that should scare the shit out of children, they wear corpse paint, Der Schwarze Orden - Satanic Warmaster - Strength & Honour their records to copies, use extreme ideology for lyrics misantrophy, racial purity 'n' shit and take nekr0grim nicknames that would make any other tr00 black metaller with self respect if not gealous, at least think about himself he isn't evil enough.
Now to the sound itself; the vocals carry reminiscences of those found on Emperor's In Der Schwarze Orden - Satanic Warmaster - Strength & Honour Nightside Eclipse, however these are more harsh and filled with hate. Although the album has undisputably an excellent vox, the guitars tend to either cover the vocals or be covered by them. For this layer interference i detracted 5 points.
It sometimes leaves the impression that the vocalist can't keep the same distance between his mouth and the mic. The guitar riffs themselver are memorable; following a simple model, still sounding as catchy as hell: three or four notes repeated several times. Just listen to the opening from "The burning eyes of the Werewolf" and you'll start headbanging in no time.
That song is arguably one of the finest in black metal. The drumbeats are spread linearly, in simple patterns. Sometimes they sound like guitar notes because of the gloomy production.
The bass is Bass, what's that? Over all it's a great album, with Gotta Have The Money - Various - Electric Boogaloo (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) crafted melodies. You won't find any cold-as-fuck, shivers-down-your-spine-sending tremolo picks, just simple and dinamic riffs filled with simple drumming and hatred induced vocals.
The only let downs are the layer interference and the record's length simply too short. Except for that, it's highly recommended to any black metal fan. Strength, you pronounce the 'G' goddamnit. Anyways, Satanic Warmaster Blast through not only seven tracks of cult Finnish black metal, but blast through the entire underground 'scene' i say scene, but Satanic Warmaster fans are few and far apart in Texas with their first official album Strength and Honor.
The stupid controversy that Satanic Warmaster are 'Nazis,' is ridiculous, just because a band has hatred for the Jews, Does not affiliate them with NS. Though the lyrics of 'Der Schwarze Orden' will make you crack a smile Note what the wind 'blows' awaySnH is a Serious album that gets the point across lyriclly and especially musically, and that point is, Hatred. Blast beats are used efficeintly and they don't get repititive in the least, if you feel the blast beats are used too much, take off your wet panties and stop listening to black metal.
In the end, this album is filthy, get it as soon as possible and fuck to it. As far as I can tell, this is their first full-length CD. This is very impressive stuff. Phantom Limbs - Upwards Of Endtime - Beyond Infinity, it's somewhere between early Graveland and Mutiilation in execution. Expect rough, screamed vocals, raw guitar, and the occasional background synth.
The drumming is especially noteworthy, as it's equally punishing and triumphant. The songwriting here is quite excellent, and I'd say Dark Destroyer Dub - Various - 30 Years Of Dub Music On The Go and Honor" rivals Graveland's "Thousand Swords" in sheer evocative power. This album goes from brutal to melancholy in an instant, and most of the songs contain more angst than entire albums from most bands.
None of these riffs seem unoriginal or overused at all, and the synth is perfectly used to heighten the mood of each song. Satanic Warmaster's chosen path isn't exactly highly original, Der Schwarze Orden - Satanic Warmaster - Strength & Honour with an album like this, it doesn't matter.
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