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Neo-Satanic Supremacy - Carsten Bahr - 8 stars

Neo-Satanic Supremacy

Neo-Satanic Supremacy
(Napalm Records - 2010)

Mainman and songwriter Nagash is back with Troll after a long hiatus, he revived the band and presents a new backing band. The former Dimmu Borgir and Covenant / The Kovenant bassist was an essential part of his former bands and their sound, but that can be said about his project as well. Troll's last releases The Last Predators (2000) and Universal (2001) were quite experimental and not every fan understood Troll's music, but with Neo-Satanic Supremacy he's back to his black-ish roots. Something he long-time fans will welcome! Sound-wise the album is up-to-date and so it has a powerful clear sound. Musically Troll is focusing on Norwegian black metal spiced up with some atmospheric keyboards. And so Neo-Satanic Supremacy will remind you of the early Dimmu Borgir releases - incl. Enthrone Darkness Triumphat - and Covenant's debut In Time Before The Light. Troll are a leaner, but darker version of Dimmu Borgir and they are more aggressive and meaner then Nagash's former band. The album is less bombastic and the keyboards are mainly used to create a dark atmosphere and to add melodies. Nagash adds some thrash and death metal elements and so creates something which makes Troll differ from his former bands. Troll delivered a tight, dynamic and straight-forward black metal album which also offers some catchiness and so you'll pick up this disk frequently. The tracks are fast and Nagash's mean and hateful vocals fit perfectly to the vicious sound of Troll. A well-done comeback album which should satisfy all fans of melodic, dark black metal with keyboards.Welcome back!

8 stars

Carsten Bahr
(translation: Claudia Ehrhardt)


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