Svarttjern - Misanthropic Path Of Madness - (7/10)
Published on March 5, 2009
Like the spiked fist of Satan himself, the Norwegian blasphemers Svarttjern have an appointment with your face, so it’s time to kiss your teeth goodbye. You might have heard of these guys through vocalist HansFyrste’s other band Ragnarok, which means that this can safely be classified as true Norwegian black metal.
Despite of their nationality, the crushing brutality of Misanthropic Path Of Madness places Svarttjern musically closer to those notorious Swedes in Marduk than their often more atmospheric countrymen. There are plenty of moments where I catch myself thinking that this could have been a natural follow-up to the modern masterpiece Nightwing, which should be considered a compliment. Leaving no room for fiddly-diddly folk frolicking, and no monotonous melancholic moments, every track is a display in total overdrive of no-bullshit evil and ferocity.
Even though nobody can accuse Svarttjern of breaking new ground, the pure energy and bile of Misanthropic Path Of Madness is a swift and unpretentious kick in the balls. And the devil knows we all need a good testicle-kicking now and then!