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Humanity: The Flesh For Satan's Pigs - Carsten Bahr - 7 stars

Humanity: The Flesh For Satan's Pigs

Humanity: The Flesh For Satan's Pigs
(Ketzer Records - 2011)

If you try to find some information about the Czech black metal band Grondhaat won't be very successful. No MySpace or similar social network, so I have little information, just a short biography from their German record label Ketzer Records. Grondhaat is a side-project of Asura who is also a part of Trollech, so I assume that this is their debut album... Musically Grondhaat offer raw black metal - a bit snotty - in the vein of early Darkthrone spiced up with a dash of Beherit. And so you also get a cover of Beherit's The Gate Of Nanna. Their label categorized them as 'minimalistic fucking raw black metal' and that describes the sound pretty good. The album has the raw, mean and minimalistic black metal of the 90's, of the time where it was a counter movement which started when death metal became more commercial. The disc starts winterly with Fucking Slaves and right away you know that this isn't a polished album, this is raw and dirty. At the title track they swing between storming off and almost doomy mid-paced passages. At The Last Dawn Of Human Race they fire a broadside at you, even if the mid-part is a lava-ish mid-tempo which sound quite Nordic. Incantations Of Dark Gates offers speed changes and is varying more, but don't expect them to get progressive! Extremely simple and primitive is The Blackest Blasphemy and the most depressive tune is All Bullets Of War which offers fast passages and closes this chapter with raw and primitive sounds. Only recommended to true black metal fans!

7 stars

Carsten Bahr
(translation: Claudia Ehrhardt)


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