It’s been a while since we’ve heard from Imperial. Sure he’s been around, participating on a split here and there, but now finally he returns with a proper album.
KRIEG have taken a slightly different approach to this album, then they have in previous albums, both musically and lyrically, but the risk was well warranted, as the only ones who could deny this album are those who aren’t privileged enough to be listening to it in the first place.
With a dense, sluggish production, Imperial has mapped out a path through “The Black House”, a virulent house of horrors, which has plagued Imperial’s dreams since his childhood. As a result of the lyrical change, KRIEG has also undergone a musical one, although noticeable at times, it is mostly subtle. The inclusion of certain Doom-tinged passages accentuate the dreadfulness of “The Black House” but it’s nightmarish qualities become glaring after Imperial’s vocal performance on tracks like “Fallen Princes Of Sightless Visions...”
I suppose I should mention a word or two about THE VELVET UNDERGROUND cover towards the end of the album, as it does seem like a peculiar choice, but all you need to know is that it is done well, and does not detract from the album.
As a whole, “The Black House” may stand as KRIEG’s most impressive and cohesive work to date. Without having the lyrics sheet, the music takes you through a house filled with torment and allows you to feel, if just partly, the torment of “The Black House”. (Online May 31, 2004)