Thy Dying Light
Oh sweet Satanic bliss. After the wonderfully vile sounding "The Cold
Earth Slept Below", Judas Iscariot have returned with another full
length CD. The opening track alone is worth whatever you pay for this
release, and the simple ideals behind Judas Iscariot should make you
dish out in the first place. Honest black metal is a rare thing in
today's day and age, and it's nice to see someone doing it so
As I mentioned in the first place, the powerful first track "But
Eternals beheld his vast forests…" is simply fantastic. There's some
true emotion behind Judas Iscariot, but not ruffled shirt CoF style
emotion. This is what black metal was meant to be in the first place!
Raw, harsh, painful, and depressing! The music is less raw sounding than
the first disc though, but the feeling behind the music has evolved.
Drumming is also a good deal more interesting, and vocals drip with a
filthy amount of anger. Images of Darkthrone and Graveland still come to
mind, and it's obvious that the modern Polish scene has had some great
influence on Mr.Akhenaten, but the music is truly starting to tread it's
own path here. Who knows what the future will hold for JI, but I assume
it will be something positive.
I find it somewhat comedic to see how the black metal "powers" have
shifted over the years. Similar to a Dynastic cycle, or even the way
world power changes over time, black metal in Scandinavia has lost any
true influence in the underground. Once a haven for darkness,
Scandinavia has now become a fuck-puppet for the major labels. Instead,
North America and Eastern Europe have stolen the black metal throne.
Bizarre indeed, but it's bands like Judas Iscariot that have claimed
this throne through the music and attitudes. Well done!
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