MARDUK - Panzer Division
I have not heard this album for almost ten years, I think! But yesterday I decided to play it again and damn, it was a good choice, because I needed this enormous dose of power, which these sounds unleash and which helped to wake me up on this rainy and cold Autumn day. The pleasure is even bigger, because I have discovered that this record has not lost anything from its strength and sheer, uncontrolled viciousness and aggression. Originally released in 1999, "Panzer Division Marduk" was quite spectacular effort from . After slower and more epic "" the band recorded an album, which turned out to be the fastest and most uncompromising black metal, which has ever been created. I suppose no one expected to hear such a violent and utterly aggressive, non-stop blasting black metal. Everybody knew that can play fast, but to carry such a massive attack and unleash such fury for the entire album and in such was unheard of.
When I listen to "Panzer Division " nowadays, I have to say that everything on this album sounds incredible and it's not a mindless show off of blasts. This music can be ruthless and truly crushing, but it has many splendid riffs, with great arrangements, great work from the vocalist Legion and the drummer Andersson... and it's interesting that many of these songs are insanely memorable, despite their ferocious, grinding force. I have to also mention that I love the concept, with which the band came up with. Second world war imagery, intros with tanks, , machine guns - all these things correspondent perfectly with the savage black metal riffs played in the most insane tempos. Many of these songs are absolutely fantastic to listen to. "Panzer Division ", " Black Metal", "Baptism by Fire", "502", "Beast of Prey"... And the icing on the cake, " God's Planet". There's basically no time to take breath, no time wasted for slower parts or whatever. This is why it all does sound like a fierce attack, which has unleashed on their enemy, in order to slay, not to take prisoners. No forgiveness, no mercy, kill them all!!!!!!!
"Black, fearsome and grim and mighty
Panzer division rolls over enemy land
Striking hard and fast against your lines
We blow your fortress into sand"
Oh, my vinyl from Records, 2008, contains couple of bonus tracks, which I was surprised to hear, because I didn't know they're here. Good. Tempo wise they're also fast, so they fit the whole record perfectly! I have to mention also that this is the last album with Legion as vocalist, which I really like a lot. Their next two records - "La Grande Danse Macabre" and "World Funeral" - although have their great moments and some killer songs, are not quite as good as " ", "" or "Heaven Shall Burn". I was even glad to see the change of vocalist after "World Funeral", as it definitely brought something fresh to this band. But that's another story.
Standout tracks: "Panzer Division ", " Black Metal", "Baptism by Fire", "502", "Beast of Prey"
Final rate: 85/10