Krieg - The Black House


Review: Anytime a thought process loses its integrity, and begins to wrap itself around ideas incidental to the direction of its expression, it is lost and in the same state as black metal anno 2004: most of it has become a hash of rock riffs, hardcore riffs, and heavy metal with black metal stylings, crushing all that was vital to the genre as well as its reasons for not being that kind of crowd-pleaser.

On "The Black House," Krieg skirts dangerous ground by approximating its own version of that style; while the Krieg take is more skilled than that of almost any other practicioner, it is somewhat pointless to see this band bend its independent will to the needs of the crowd. Many of the riffs here are from classic Darkthrone lexicon hybridized with the American tendency toward melodic intervals and syncopated concluding fills; some parts, including the introduction, show a nearly technical death metal level of involvement with offbeat-originated dissonant riffs.


1. Deconstructing The Eternal Tombs
2. Deviant
3. Nemesis
4. Fleshprison Monolith
5. Fallen Princes Of Sightless Visions..
6. A Process Of Dying
7. Sickening Voices Without Speech
8. Ruin Under A Burning Sky
9. Without The Light
10. Murder Without The Burden Of Conscience
11. Venus In Furs (The Velvet Underground Cover)
12. Rooms
13. Coronation (LP only bonus)

Length: 41:43

Krieg - The Black House: Black Metal 2004 Krieg

Copyright © 2004 Cicatrix

All of the technique that made blackmetal distinctive here, including Graveland-style two note diminished harmonies, but for what? Like black metal after 1994, this release is not badly nor is it badly done, but it has missed the spirit of its genre and in the view of this reviewer is thus a prison for the talents of its creators.