TSJUDER — Legion Helvete (review)

TSJUDER — Legion Helvete album cover Album · 2011 · Black Metal Buy this album from MMA partners
3.5/5 ·
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From a rotten casket...

Genre: black metal

Now, this is black metal. It's ferocious. It's evil. It's cold. It's blasphemic. It's filth. It's Tsjuder.

The style is fairly traditional black metal with blastbeats galore and tremolo picking, and the cold and raw production that black metal fans love so much. It is not under-produced though, and it is easy to hear what is going on musically, which I quite appreciate.

While the anchor sound definitely is black metal of the blackest evil kind, some of the blasting passages sound more like early grindcore along early Napalm Death, and, guess what, this seamlessly integrates well into the black metal music on the album. In addition to drawing a bit on grindcore, some of Tsjuder's riffs on this album also sound inspired by death metal. There are also several more thrash elements, which hearken back to the more primitive roots of the European, or Teutonic if you wish, branch of thrash metal, and Tsjuder also have no problems incorporating more crust-punky elements every now and then into their style.

While the music is pretty straight forward and dirty, there are a number of changes in every song, which indicates that we are dealing with skilled musicians here. Especially the drumming is detailed and interesting.

"Legion Helvete" is pure, evil black metal, but still it draw on a number of other metal genres, and, so it should appeal to both fans of black metal and fans of other types of extreme metal.
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