As a cut-price E.P. "for fans" rather than a full-length cash-in, 'Skjend Hans Lik' can't be faulted too much, but it's still essentially pointless outside of the opportunity it provides to hear the band's original 'Bloodlust and Perversion' demo in all its remastered glory.
The demo itself is the key selling point, and it's really been remastered a treat. The volume issues have been sorted out, and every instrument is now audible and equal, from Nattefrost's gurgling vocals to the raw guitars and ambient sound effects of the final two tracks that now sound a lot more professional. It's an entertaining E.P., particularly for fans of old-school black metal, but the majority of the songs are still a little too plodding to be of any real interest, and won't attract the same fans as the band's more contemporary blackened rock style. showcased on the first half of this release.
The most disappointing aspect of the other songs is how poor some of them sound in contrast to the high sound quality of the demo. 'Humiliation Chant' is a reasonable keyboard interlude, no different from what the band has done many times before, but lacks any real character, while the intentionally poor sound quality of the "pre-production" version of the previous album's 'Spill the Blood of the Lamb' raises the question as to this song's purpose, as an inferior version of a song the fans already own.
'Skjend Hand Lik' itself is almost identical to the original aside from the keyboard intro, also from the 'Defending the Throne of Evil' album, and the live version of 'Martyr / Sacrificulum' is energetic but ultimately inferior to the studio version, the same problem that plagued the live tracks on 'We're Going to Hell For This.'
1. Skjend Hand Lik (Alternate mix)
2. Humiliation Chant
3. Spill the Blood of the Lamb
4. Martyr / Sacrificulum (Live)
5. Through the Black Veil of the Bergo Pass
6. Bloodlust and Perversion
7. Return of the Freezing Winds
8. The Woods of Wallachia
9. Wings Over the Mountain of Sighisoara
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Skjend Han Lik
2 Humiliation Chant
3 Spill The Blood Of The Lamb
5 Through The Black Veil Of The Bergo Pass
6 Bloodlust And Perversion
7 Return Of The Freezing Winds
8 Woods Of Wallachia
9 Wings Over The Mountain Of Sighhisoara
10 Carpathian Forest