Ondskapt - Dödens Evangelium review
01. Djävulens Ande
02. Feeding The Flames
03. Revelations Of Another Time
04. Lord Of All Unclean Spirits
06. I Kristi Skugga
07. Fienden Hungrar
09. The Fires Of Hell
10. Blessed By Demoniac Wrath
11. Beast Of Death
2005 has been, so far, a year with many very interesting and inspired releases. The Black Metal scene was one that gave birth to some really great albums. One of them was Ondskapt's "Dodens Evangelium", along with the re-release of the "Devilry" EP (Funeral Mist), the release of the "Kenose" EP (Deathspell Omega) and "Nouveau Gloaming" (Code), to name only a few.
But let's see what Ondskapt is all about and why their second album, "Dodens Evangelium" (after the very promising and really good "Draco Sit Mihi Dux") deserves to be checked out by every black metal fan. Ultra fast black metal is what this morbid band from Sweden offers us (albeit with some mid-tempo passages from time to time), evoking an exceptionally sinister and eerie atmosphere that slowly devours the listener throughout the whole duration of the album. With the guitar work being exceptional and striking for the listener, you really cannot realize nor understand how Ondskapt managed to put so many great riffs in a single album or even a single song since never-ending inspired riffs are parading one right after the other. They are one of those bands that need no keyboard melodies to enrich their sound in order to evoke a specific feeling/atmosphere - the guitars are enough for them and they are creating the ideal feeling in the most appropriate way.
The vocals are twisted and they make the overall cold and sinister atmosphere that the guitars evoke even more intense with the singer pouring his soul to the altar of unholy black metal, spitting curses here and there. The drumming is raging and unerring, accompanying in any possible human (and not only) way, while the bass guitar creates the ideal soul-destroying pulses that make the overall atmosphere more imposing.
What is really remarkable is the very good production that makes the album sound even more unearthly and helps the compositions sound more dynamic. Whoever is searching for pure black metal (unholy and chaotic atmosphere, eerie and dark vocals, raging and at the same time inspired guitar riffing fitting in with the powerful rhythm section, plus a generally a diffused hell-oriented feeling) definitely shouldn't miss this album.
||Written on 17.10.2005 by "It is myself I have never met, whose face is pasted on the underside of my mind."|
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