|Review: Diagon - Satan Mit Uns|
|Satan Mit Uns|
Label: Hexenhammer Records
Year released: 2009
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: May 31, 2010
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
for:Satan Mit Uns
Rated 2/5 (40%) (2 Votes)
Diagon stands for "Darkthrone worship" in Czech. OK, just kidding. But this is what we have here. Listening to Satan Mit Uns is not unlike taking a trip back in time and listening to early/mid-period Darkthrone. Raspy, spiteful vocals, speedy raw, low-fi Black Metal – the works. What Diagon lack in originality, they mostly make up for in the delivery as this album is a kick-in-the-face savage fest pretty much from beginning to end – and of course that's assuming you like it raw. The drummer gets a little bit too busy for my taste, especially with the drums so predominant in the production, sometimes practically burying everything else. Add a few boring intros (mostly battle sounds) that sound odd the first couple of times and downright annoying with each subsequent listens, and that just becomes a bit too much to bear. The closer/obligatory Darkthrone cover, "Hans Siste Vinter", is pretty well executed and ends the album on a high note.
Diagon aren't bad – they're just not original for one bit and the album's production leaves to be desired. Raw is fine, but when it sounds so much like a mess, it's like "being raw for the sake of being raw." That doesn't always work. One can appreciate the savage delivery, however, which does hint at this band having what it takes to come up with some killer stuff. Some definite potential here if the guys bring in their own ideas and clean things up a little bit.
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