The Revenge Of The Horned One Part 1
The followup to "Shining Swords of Hate" starts with a repetitive, doomy,
satanik church organ intro track. Except for maybe "Radbod's Doop", that's
pretty much where the similarities to the last album ends. "Shining Swords" was
much more bleak, desolate, monotone, suicidal, other worldly, etc.
The Countess sound is still here, but now it's epic, and almost of a space age
feel this time. Check out "Hymn To The Gods of Yore" with the keyboard bits
thrown in, it's like riding with Lucifer through the cosmos, smashing time
barriers and planets in your way. Let's ride!
This album is more brutal too. If Bathory's early acidic, black metal attack
went avante-garde, it wouldn't be too far off from modern-day Countess. A lot
of ominous ohm-ing. Wicked. Good simple riffing and beats like Gravewurm but not
as death metal.
The occasionally punky feel explodes especially on "Filth Machine" with the
fast uptempo polka beat with heavy double bass drum kicks.
Ending this great album is a cover of the Venom classic "Countess Bathory"
("Black Metal" lp) and it is actually fucking good. Scary and heavy. The
tortured screaming suits it.
The album has a dirty, gritty, bottom heavy production. Another damn fine
release from the Barbarian Wrath label. With bands like Countess, Megiddo,
Nunslaughter, Alastor, and Morrigan on their roster, they are one of the best
underground black metal labels around. As usual, limited to 666 copies.
1. 3:34 Introitus (Return of the Wolves)
2. 7:57 A Battle In Darkness
3. 5:34 Hymn To The Gods of Yore
4. 4:47 Born Again In Sin
5. 7:20 Triumph of Metal
6. 2:43 Masturbo Ergo Sum - Act 1
7. 4:04 On Earth As It Is In Hell
8. 3:54 Idolatry
9. 5:55 Radbod's Doop
10. 2:48 Filth Machine
11. 15:42 Black Duncan Rides Again (The Horned One's Revenge)
12. 3:48 Countess Bathory
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