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On disc: Dark Funeral

The Secrets Of Black Arts - Volker Raabe - 2 stars
Angelus Exuro Pro Eternus - Carsten Bahr - 10 stars

Angelus Exuro Pro Eternus

Angelus Exuro Pro Eternus
(Regain Records - 2009)

The Swedish Dark Funeral are back to lash out against everything good and religion in general. Even in the 13th year of their existence Lord Ahriman and Emperor Magus Caligula are still mean! Actually Angelus Exuro Pro Eternus is another thick and intensive piece of black metal - pitch black. In this case it's positive that Dark Funeral didn't change a lot, so they just play faster and more brutal then ever. The songs will hit you right away and drag you into a black maelstrom! At the first songs The End Of Human Race and The Birth Of The Vampire show Dark Funeral as you know them - hyperfast drumming, cold guitar riffing and a rapid fire of blast beats. And with the diabolic screaming takes you onto a roller coaster ride! Almost impossible to top this one in intensity and viciousness. With Stigmata and My Funeral and later In My Dreams they show a different facet of the band, the slow and almost doomy side which shows them more variable, but still very intense. The refrains are melodic which isn't something Dark Funeral offer that often. Especially Stigmata is quite catchy. The slower tunes have a dash of Hypocrisy - and that isn't negative at all. These songs are getting at you! Demons Of Fire and Declaration Of Hate will convince you with great guitar parts and blasts, especially My Latex Queen is presenting hyperfast drumming. The album was recorded at Abyss-Studios with Peter Tägtgren (Hypocrisy, Pain) who gave Dark Funeral a crystal clear sound which is very intense and powerful. This is a masterpiece of black metal! Enjoy it!

10 stars

Carsten Bahr
(translation: Claudia Ehrhardt)


The Secrets Of Black Arts

The Secrets Of Black Arts
(No Fashion Rec. - 1996)

This should be the ultimate satanic symphony, the debut album of Dark Funeral. That might be right for the lyrics, but beside that.... I can hardly except the grindcore of the Swedish black metal heads. The label biography is talking about bloody and ice-cold melodies, but I can't find any melody! Sure, even this musical diversity has fans and so the right to exist, but why do they need this corpse paint? Do they have not the courage to show their true identity? These days only King Diamond (pure cliché) us using make-up or you see it during the carnival days. I hope in future I don't have to do this kind of reviews, it's a waste of time to listen to this crap! The rating of 2 point is just for the courage to release such a crap.

2 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt


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