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The sole black metal pioneer previously missing from my collection for no particular reason, Marduk is among the more impressive of the elite, particularly in the early albums.
'Those of the Unlight' is a varied, fierce and convincingly evil entry in the black metal canon, based around a frenzy of drum blast beats and basic though creative and memorable guitar riffs, avoiding many of the clichés and gimmicks of the genre and risking the odd experiment, such as the melodic guitar and bass of 'On Darkened Wings' and the slow and atmospheric 'Echoes of the Past.'
Each song also avoids the repetition that often plagues black metal, perhaps best demonstrated in the title song which seemingly never ceases to alter and introduce new riffs and speed changes, without ever seeming excessive. This is a fine black metal album from a band that has always deserved more recognition in light of their contemporaries.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Darkness Breeds Immortality
2 Those Of the Unlight
4 On Darkness Wings
5 Burn My Coffin
6 Sculpture Of The Night
7 Echoes From The Past
8 Stone Stands It's Silent Vigil