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Darkest Hate Warfront - Satanik Annihilation Kommando (6/10) - Brazil - 2005

Genre: Black Metal
Label: Ketzer Records
Playing time: 28:00
Band homepage: Darkest Hate Warfront


  1. Infernal Baptism [Intro]
  2. Order Of Battle >mp3
  3. Satanik Annihilation Kommando
  4. Satan's Kult Of Terror
  5. Scourge Of Wormkind
  6. Final Solution
  7. Duty Fulfillment
  8. Possessed By Fire >mp3
  9. Purification Of Hatred
  10. The Aftermath [Outro]
Darkest Hate Warfront - Satanik Annihilation Kommando

For fans of MARDUK's later, faster and more aggressive works, notably "Panzer Division..." this is definitely the album for you. However for those unimpressed by that era of the Swedes then it is best to stay away as the clinical feel to the relentless battle is here in an abundance. The programmed drums add a "perfection" to the sound that is too unrealistic and detracts from the overall feel somewhat, yet it is aggressive. Very aggressive. Vocally this is much more impressive than the aforementioned MARDUK album and some of the progressions and breaks are infinitely more clever. However, the album as a whole is somewhat monotonous despite its highlights and thankfully then the short running time works to their advantage. In this case, less is definitely more.


The riffing is generally of a high standard and the clinical militancy of the programmed drums can add a certain effectiveness at times. However, I just can't help but feel that really brutal Black Metal should have a more dirty sound and consequentially a sicker, darker presence. ANTAEUS, being the perfect example of the ideal, would simply piss all over this band. On the other hand, the tank-on-speed that this album is provides a worthy listen and with a generally strong track list fans of Black Metal should like this even if its not going to set the world on fire.


With these ultra-fast and brutal Black Metal albums all sounding the same, how can you describe in words why one is better than the other? Regardless, "Satanik Annhilation Kommando" is a good one, an unoriginal blast of blood, blasphemy and properly aggressive Black Metal. Not essential, nor even particularly highly recommended, yet it still shouldn't disappoint. (Online January 22, 2006)

Niall Kennedy

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