I knew nothing of this project until receiving it in the mail. Funny, how this band features three member of THERION. The Niemann brothers and Vocalist Christofer Johnsson who I might add goes back to the old school vocals which is always a great return. The band is rounded out by Rickard Evensand who was a member of CHIMARA and SOILWORK. The result is old school Death Metal that everyone in the genre can enjoy from past to present.
Before reviewing this release, I read other reviews and they talked about how great this is. So, you know that I had to listen to it myself and hear what all the hoopla was all about. You know what? I have to agree. This shit crushes the competition hands down. When it was discussed just how old school this debut was, I was imagining nothing but raw and primitive beats. What I was treated to was vicious brutality mixed with melody. Despite the cheesy name, the band has conceived a concept dealing with the “Riders Of The Apocalypse” aka (The Four Horsemen) and I ain't talkin' bout METALLICA either. The band unleashes topics of mankind’s worst crimes, punishment and the end of the human race. "Wargods" kicks you right in the nuts immediately. The performances here are superb. The guitars are fresh, violent and catchy while Rickard beats his skins to death with precision and violence. As far as Chris' voice goes, if you liked the olden days of THERION, then you will be very happy with his performance here.
If you think for one moment that you are going to hear keyboards of any kind here, then you are just better off with the THERION and SOILWORK CD's. After a few songs packed with road rage, they slow it down to a Doom/Death style on "14TH Century Plague." And given the topic here, it's probably the best mood to perform this great travesty in. Overall, these Swedes throw down big time. Since we have all accomplished musicians here, they know what they are doing and they do it well. The CD is packed with violent, raw and primitive riffs and beats fleshed out with some melodies to give you a little mixture that is sure to please fans of Death Metal past and present. I can't wait for the second serving. (Online December 2, 2004)