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Wrath - Viking (4,5/10) - South Africa - 2006

Genre: Black Metal
Label: Einheit Produktionen
Playing time: 52:56
Band homepage: Wrath


  1. Pagan Hordes
  2. Viking >mp3
  3. No Mercy
  4. Spirits Of Darkness
  5. Beasts Of The Darkwoods
  6. Grey Skies >mp3
  7. The Forgotten Forest
  8. Visions Of Time
  9. Moonlit Forest Path
  10. Germanic Tribes
  11. Dreams Of A Return
  12. Whispers From The Ancients
  13. March Of The Valkyrie
Wrath - Viking

What we have here is one part Black Metal and two parts twee Ambience. I don't know how that sits with you, but for me I'm left thoroughly unimpressed, particularly by the lack of balance. Most of the meat is served up in the first half of the album, the broth makes up the entire second half. It's up to you whether you want to dip your bread.


Lets discuss the Black Metal. First and foremost, the sodium guitars fizzing away are most welcome, the buzz of the riffs are delivered at a mid pace for the most part and such is the effervescence that it will tickle your tongue if you drink it in. Battling for prominence too are the vocals which are thoroughly in BURZUM territory and perhaps the most convincing aspect of the album. The compositions are kept simple, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, the drums are unadventurous yet when the double bass kicks in, quite effective.


Of note are tracks like “Beasts Of The Darkwoods” which captures the atmospherics of the inspirer. Here WRATH gets it right, demonstrating that elementary Black Metal has its place, (of course.) Elsewhere there is just not enough material in this vein to allow an informed opinion and, to be honest, despite the endearing qualities it's fairly run of the mill stuff. If it wasn't for the bleak despairing of the vocals I wonder whether I would listen to this album at all. I have given it a fair few spins to try and find the nuances that on other albums sink in and provide a new vista but it just hasn't happened.


In summary, the Black Metal aspects of this album demonstrate that WRATH has the potential to create anguished music that is capable of inciting you to wander out onto the wind driven moors, however it isn't present on this album.


So to the Ambient parts. My Grandma always used to say; “If you haven't got anything good to say, don't say anything at all.” (Online July 12, 2006)

Niall MacCartney

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