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Luciferin Valo - Azaghal

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Artist: Azaghal / Audio CD released 2006-12-11 at Avantgarde

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      04.02.2008 20:08
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      Azaghal's sixth album (2006).

      Azaghal's most recent album is a significant step above its predecessors both in terms of sound quality and a more mature attitude to songwriting, though this comes with the disadvantage of robbing the Finnish black metal band of some of the eccentricity that I enjoyed so much on the previous release. The style here continues to incorporate the traditional black metal sound with eighties influence, but here it's a more refined and acceptable Bathory influence rather than anything out of left-field, and ends up sounding like a poor man's Burzum without the heart or bloodied hands.

      The album severely disappoints right from the onset, with the promisingly titled 'Black Terror Metal' revealing itself to be a slow and repetitive piece, the chorus of which lacks any of the fun found on the previous album. Things pick up after this point, with songs such as 'Ilmestyskirjan Ratsastajat' and 'Azaghal Terror Cult' demonstrating the Burzum similarity with some solid, steady riffs, while others like 'Kuin Lampaat Teuraalle' and the latter few songs manage to attain a heavy, loud and powerful black metal performance that makes the most of the increased production values.

      Narqath may not be as bold in his experiments here, but there's still a slight degree of experimentation with the gurgled vocal style of 'Verta Ja Tuhkaa' and what turns out to be a fairly disappointing bit of trickery towards the start of 'Teen Paholaisen Tyoetae,' but essentially this is a back-to-basics album that doesn't quite cut it, and isn't going to inspire any black metal fans, even if they see the lack of classic metal features as a step in the right direction.

      1. Black Terror Metal
      2. Ilmestyskirjan Ratsastajat
      3. Tuhoaja
      4. Kuin Lampaat Teuraalle
      5. Verta Ja Tuhkaa
      6. Teen Paholaisen Tyoetae
      7. Azaghal Terror Cult
      8. Hyvaestit Maailmalle
      9. Olematon
      10. Luciferin Valo

       

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      Disc #1 Tracklisting
      1 Black Terror Metal
      2 Ilmestyskirjan Ratsastajat
      3 Tuhoaja
      4 Kuin Lampaat Teuraalle
      5 Verta Ja Tuhkaa
      6 Teen Paholaisen Tyota
      7 Azaghal Terror Cult
      8 Hyvastit Maailmalle
      9 Olematon
      10 Luciferin Valo