The previous MYRKSKOG album was a huge surprise for me, with the EMPEROR-like Death Metal, extremely complex, but a fantastic listen. For the new disc, "Superior Massacre", the Norwegians have changed their line-up a bit, with the departure of 2 members and the entry of bassist Demariel, and their image as well. But what about the music?
The new MYRKSKOG album starts of with a very dark, threatening intro, continuing in the track "Domain Of The Superior". From that moment the power of MYRKSKOG is clear: "Superior Massacre" will crush you! The complexity of the riffs is higher than ever before, with drum-beast Secthdamon showing unearthly massacre behind the drumkit. The deep vocals of band leader Destructhor sound as if the great lord of beneath has lent his voice to Destructhor, contributing to a demonically possessed display of utter brutality and pulverising complexity.
The music also has a very dark, almost Black Metal-ish feeling cast over it. "Detain The Skin", "Domain Of The Superior", "Over The Gore", "Trapped In Torment", song by song you must be prepared for an onslaught of Death Metal! One of the more negative points, that the band can't really do anything about, is that it's an album that consumes your energy. Just like the latest THE CROWN album, the intensity of the recording will absorb all your energy, making it a difficult album to listen to. But I already can't wait to see MYRKSKOG convert their material to the stage, I can only imagine what an incredible experience it must be to witness the sheer brutality of the band!
"Superior Massacre" is one of the most intense, brutal and complex records that Death Metal has seen, and their upcoming tour in support of NILE hopefully proves to be MYRKSKOG's path to the hearts of Death Metal fans! (Online October 25, 2002)