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Review: Dawn Of Azazel - The Law Of The Strong
Dawn Of Azazel
The Law Of The Strong

Label: Agonia Records
Year released: 2004
Duration: 37:03
Tracks: 8
Genre: Black/Death

Rating: 4.5/5

Review online: March 12, 2004
Reviewed by: Chaossphere
Readers Rating
The Law Of The Strong

Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (4 Votes)

Crush Your Enemies! See Them Driven Before You! And Hear The Lamentations Of The Women!

So begins Dawn Of Azazel's first full-length album, and a more effective intro simply doesn't exist. After a couple of promising demo's and a well-received 7" EP, EnZed's masters of abusive musical chaos have finally unleashed The Law Of The Strong upon an unsuspecting world. This is one of the most vicious, slaughtering pieces of chaos ever pressed to plastic - and it still doesn't come close to capturing the sheer fury of their live assault. But that's another story altogether...

Every song here carries a similar feel - that of a spiked gauntlet smashing your teeth through your brain and out the back of your skull. Rolling, pulverizing drum abuse cascades underneath a searing thunderstorm of technical guitar/bass abuse, while the vocals saw away like an enraged pitbull. Savage is barely an adequate word to describe this thing - it goes beyond most established levels of musical ferocity. There's the occasional catchy bit such as the crushing groove that permeates "Triumph Upon Equinox" and the majority of the epic "Justice Is A Fist", but overall it's full bore blast-beat mayhem all the way. Then there's the curveballs they throw in just to shock you even more, such as the howling screams in the middle of "Victory (Iniquity Guides My Blade)" and the mordant death-march that kicks off the monumental closing track "Monarch Of Bloodshed And Eternal Victory (Solar Invictus)".

As far as comparisons go, think of a blood-frenzied cage-fight between Pete Helmkamp, Trey Azagthoth and several members of Blasphemy and you're halfway there. These lunatics will be touring Europe later in 2004, and if you have the means to get to any of the shows, then you'd damn well better. Even if it involves selling vital organs or family members. Trust me, you won't miss them while you're cowering under the horrendous ferocity of Dawn Of Azazel's live attack. And if that proves impossible, just buy the damn CD and prepare to be crushed to a mushy pulp in the comfort of your own home instead.

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