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to get up your nerve to buy an EP sometimes. Much as I like certain bands,
I wince at the idea of paying over $10 for an import mini-album. This
was no exception, but hell, if there's a band
I'm willing to forgive for this it's Marduk. This three song release gives
two examples of what we may expect on the next full-length and a cover
of "Into the Crypts of Rays," by metal legends CELTIC
picks up the Marduk style between PANZER DIVISION
MARDUK and NIGHTWING. It's fast and furious, though unlike the former
it actually slows momentarily. The other new track, "Funeral Bitch,"
displays how adept they are at playing slower, heavier tracks. This double-bass
ridden slab features one break somewhat reminiscent of NILE, or at least
it conjures a timbre not generally associated with Sweden. For OBEDIENCE
the lyrics explore the realms of S & M (and
that doesn't stand for Satan & Mephistopheles, despite what you may
expect from Marduk), with catchy segments like
humilated, hear my command /
Immobilized, tranquilized, obey my demand"
bitch, the urge is strong /
Funeral bitch, the night is so long."
FROST cover is very faithful, straightforward and effective. As expected,
the overall running time isn't very long, but it's consistently pleasing,
and Marduk fans don't want to be without it.
review copyright 2000 E.C.McMullen Jr.
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