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Review: Satanic Warmaster - Nachzehrer
Satanic Warmaster

Label: Werewolf Records
Year released: 2010
Duration: 40:37
Tracks: 8
Genre: Black Metal


Review online: September 7, 2010
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
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Rated 3.74/5 (74.84%) (31 Votes)

It's been a while since I last listened to Satanic Warmaster, so much so that I was taken a bit by surprise by the dark, muddy sound on Nachzehrer – I was expecting a cleaner, more modern production. This is kind of "lo-fi", though not as bad as one would expect when they think lo-fi. Nachzehrer takes Black Metal back a good 15 years or so with a gritty, dark, gloomy, minimalistic yet melodic and fulfilling sound.

Basic, raw guitars and drums form the backbone of this release, augmented by somber, dark and somewhat haunting discreet keyboards that remind me a little of those old horror movies where the action took place in dark castles. Needless to say, atmosphere is a big element on this album, and for the most part it's pretty effective. The BM screeches are almost drowned in here, though audible enough, and this makes the vocals sound just as obscure as the music itself – a few minor vocal effects further augment the atmosphere.

It's been five years since Satanic Warmaster's last full-length (which seems impossible to find for less than $50 lately.) Carelian Satanist Madness was raw, but Nachzehrer kicks it up (down?) a few notches and may be a turn off for those a bit obsessed with clear, clean production. If you're looking for something reminiscent of the mid-90s raw and minimalistic BM, then Nachzehrer may just be what you need.

Additional Information

Vinyl edition released by Northern Heritage Records.

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