Stahlsarg

MECH­A­NISMS OF MISANTHROPY NON SERVIAM AN ORTHO­DOX BLACK METAL BLAST WITH A SIDE OR­DER OF PSY­CHOSIS

Metal Hammer (UK) - - Albums -

You may mis­take the black metal of Suf­folk’s Stahlsarg for be­long­ing to an era pre­dat­ing their 2013 for­ma­tion, such is the crisply pro­duced, pared-down sav­agery of their sec­ond al­bum. Tra­di­tion­al­ists may well find this ap­proach more ap­peal­ing than the sonic ex­per­i­men­ta­tions of much of mod­ern black metal, Raise The Dead’s punchy blasts and ra­pa­cious riffs set­ting the stage for a record that de­lights in vis­ceral slashes of pace and groove, off­set by at­mo­spheric in­stru­men­tal pas­sages. The in­tro of Blonde Poi­son un­veils cold blasts and bale­ful re­crim­i­na­tions while the Eis­sturm’s hys­te­ri­aen­hanced vo­cals give tracks like Burn And De­stroy an aura of in­san­ity. It’s a ma­nia they would do well to fully un­leash. Stahlsarg show much po­ten­tial but never quite cross the thresh­old in search of the in­de­fin­able quin­tes­sence that makes for truly great black metal.

FOR FANS OF: TAAKE, KAMPFAR,

BLACK ANVIL

TOM O’BOYLE

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