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sabato 23 luglio 2016

Krigere Wolf/Waldschrat/Notre Amertume/Antiquus Scriptum - The Beginning of the End

#FOR FANS OF: Black/Death/Viking/Pagan
Gathering four bands together, this new split effort containing Italian black/death upstarts Krigere Wolf, Austrian black/folk metal newcomers Waldschrat, internationally-based atmospheric black metal group Notre Amertume and a lone track from Portuguese black/Viking metallers Antiquus Scriptum for a wholly enjoyable mixture and variety present. Starting with Krigere Wolf, their pummeling mixture of frantic tremolo-picked black metal with the dexterous tempo-changes and rather pounding rhythms here makes this quite a ferocious beast, making their swirling tremolo patterns at the forefront to create a dynamic and wholly-enjoyable up-tempo assault that rattles along at consistent speeds for maximum impact and devastation while still managing to successfully incorporate the sprawling majestic melodies in the appropriate manners for the perfect augmentation to the ferocity presented elsewhere. This is easily the best band on the split and really has a lot to like with their three blistering tracks. ‘War's Ancestral Prophecies’ uses an atmospheric intro that gives way to furious swirling riff-work and pounding drumming holding the frantic tempos along throughout the extended rhythms with sprawling atmospheric patterns off-set with the crashing drumming into a majestic epic makes for a fine opener. ‘Come to Die with Us’ takes rattling drumming and intense swirling riff-work pounding along through a series of frantic and intense rhythms pounding along through the tight rhythms full of swirling tremolo patterns and pounding drumming for a wholly dynamic and engaging highlight. Their last effort, ‘Supreme Energy of the Universe’ slowly moves through a sprawling opening into a frantic full-throttle series of blasting drumming and ferocious swirling patterns in the riff-work for a rather tight, ferocious series of patterns for a great conclusion to their efforts. With Waldschrat, again the omnipresent use of swirling tremolo patterns is at the forefront though instead there’s a far more pronounced blend of folk-influenced arrangements for the riffing. This still carries itself along quite well with plenty of strong and truly ferocious rhythms presented here, but the blasting tendencies are cut in favor of melodic swirling patterns and rather looser-fitting arrangements that are given a raw edge to the overall work with some great harmonic lines throughout which helps this out infinitely more to give another dynamic impact to the music. Some of the longer sprawling sections seem to go on far longer than they really should but overall there’s a lot to like here.‘Wer Wind sät…’ features tight, raw swirling tremolo patterns and utterly relentless drumming carrying the bouncy tempos along through the raging riff-work blending a series of ferocious patterns along into the frantic pounding tempos and charging tempos for a rather impressive highlight. ‘Die Ruhe vor dem Sturm’ uses a lighter series of rhythms and tight drumming to blast away at a fine mid-tempo charge with the more fervent melodic riff-work and lighter drumming making a far more relaxed and folk-leaning series of rhythms in a highly enjoyable effort. ‘...wird Sturm ernten’ crashes into a melodic mid-tempo series of swirling patterns and tight drumming careening along with majestic melodies and a series of frantic, simple drumming that brings the rawer riffing into play during the rather extended sprawling sections for another strong effort. Up next is Notre Amertume and the international project is the clear weak-link in this offering. The simplistic, sluggish nature of their tracks is hardly impressive next to the other works, and their cliched use of celestial-influenced arrangements, plodding drumming and lethargic doom-like sprawling sections predominant in their music isn’t that enjoyable with numerous other bands attempting those elements at far more pronounced and enjoyable mixtures. The main impetus holding them back is the lethargic, lifeless doom-like paces that don’t really give them much room to really express their atmospheric patterns and in the end their three contributions are on the whole eminently skippable. ‘Cella Serpentibus’ slowly works through a simple series of grand majestic patterns and heavy thumping rhythms that sluggishly lurch along to the melodic celestial swirling riffing with plenty of strong, heavy lines throughout leaving it a decent enough offering. ‘Tartaros’ features a simple, crushing pace with celestial swirling patterns and tight sluggish paces with plenty of simple rhythms carrying alongside the rather lame spoken-word section and letting the sluggish patterns continue on into the finale for a decent effort. ‘Le Sand d'Ouranos’ features a far stronger and tighter series of thrilling arrangements that keeps a far heavier and more dynamic series of riffing along the beginning before lowering into the rather lame spoken-word section and bringing the crushing doom-like paces along for a somewhat fun if again overall decent effort. Finally, Antiquus Scriptum contributes just a lone track, which is a highly enjoyable one even with all the different elements thrown into it. There’s symphonic keyboards, medieval-sounding horn-blasts, swirling tremolo riffing and more in the near-twenty-minute effort, and it does seem like overkill given the track has no need to go that long and really could’ve been trimmed down into a more digest form. Still, the generally up-tempo pace and convergence of influences makes for an overall fun time here and overall there’s a lot of rather enjoyable work here as there’s at least one or two sections present to appeal to most fans.‘Primordium / The Skeptic Beholder’ blares along with triumphant horn-blasting and pounding drumming that turns into utterly relentless tremolo riffing and full-throttle blasting drumming with a tight, heavy crunch and simplistic rhythms that continually swirl along into the epic lengths for an overall fun time here. (Don Anelli)

(Fallen-Angels Productions - 2015)
Score: 80