Marduk
Rom 5:12


4.0
excellent

Review

by A.K. USER (65 Reviews)
June 19th, 2007 | 20 replies | 10,868 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Marduks best effort since Opus Nocturne.

2 of 3 thought this review was well written

Marduk are a Swedish Black Metal band that have been around since the beginning of the second wave of black metal. While their style started as Death Metal they progressed to Black Metal. After their album Panzer Division Marduk many even condemned them of drumming fit for a grind band, and they were a prime reference for the term norsecore. After vocalist Legion (whose mediocre vocals I personally feel was even more detrimental to the band than the boring drumming) left the band recruited Mortuus from Funeral Mist. Hoping that this would be a change for the better it was somewhat disappointing when the first album with Mortuus proved to be little better than the very mediocre World Funeral (the last album with Legion). That being said I think it is safe to say that Mortuus has greatly improved along with the songwriting. It's safe to say this is the best Marduk in a decade, probably since Opus Nocturne.

Marduk have been known for being a relentless assault on the ears regarding tempo and riffing. The first thing I noticed when hearing this album for the first time was that they add a lot of mid tempo riffing, and this contrasts the fast drumming a lot. It's far better than just a ten minute headache of 250 bpm drums. One other thing that is really enjoyable on this album are Mortuus' vocals. You can sense the aggression and energy in the vocals, and they sound truly disgusting at times, especially on the brilliant vocal performance of Cold Mouth Prayer which also features an appearance of an old Marduk vocalist from the early 90s. The band has really put a lot of work into making this an interesting experience, they seemed to be somehow lacking the depth that this album shows on their previous efforts. They even go so far as to include numerous booklet pages simply depicting scenes of the black plague and other morbid scenes that add to the aesthetics and depth.

Production wise this is extremely clean for a black metal release. Guitars are sharp and clear though they the distortion is set to typical black metal standards. The bass is also nicely produced giving the more mid-paced areas a nice backbone, and staying out of the way in the faster sections or those sections dominated by vocals. Drums are rather high in the mix as always on a 21st century Marduk recording. Vocals are mixed brilliantly. You can pretty much visualize the spit flying out of Mortuus' mouth while he was doing them. reverb also compliments the guttural and almost gurgling sounds that sometimes occour in the vocals. It should also be mentioned that there is one track on here, 1651, that was not made by Marduk. 1651 was made by prominent martial industrial band Arditi, and with Marduk's fascination with war and death the song fits quite nicely. Lo-fi military marching drums accompany slow synth sounds and vocals. The track Accuser /Opposer is also worth mentioning because of it's featuring Naihmass Nemtheanga on vocals. This isn't necessarily good though because Mortuus' vocals are so good and fitting that the clean-ish vocals on this song seem weak and unfitting for the cd.

Rom 5:12 definitely marks a turning point for Marduk. The bands has matured a lot and grown out of their formulaic old style and returned somewhat to some earlier elements that can be traced back as far as their debut cd Dark Endless (1991) (especially the track Womb of Perishableness). Even if you aren't a fan of any of their past work, you should give the cd try if you want to hear some varied but still unrelenting black metal.

Pros-
Mortuus vocals
Tempo variation
More well though out riffs

Cons-
I'm still waiting for some tremelo riffs a la Those of the Unlight
Accuser/Opposer



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Tyler
Emeritus
June 19th 2007



7928 Comments


I didn't even realize Legion was gone. His vocals, along with the drumming, pissed me off. I might give this a shot.

Silenius
June 20th 2007



302 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah I had the same problems with their earlier work after Opus Nocturne. Legion and the drumming were my main points of disinterest.

kalkal50
June 20th 2007



2386 Comments


sweet was thinking about reviewing this but glad someone did it for me, and ye i agree with pretty much everything you said

Dethtrasher
June 20th 2007



2211 Comments


Hey, a Marduk review! I thought nobdoy was listening to them. I don't like this type of black metal but I will get one of their albums, just to hear how they sound like. Marduk is considered to be one of black-metals most extremest black-metal bands.
Good review, I like the length of it. Not too long and not too short.

Ancient
July 8th 2007



10 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Finally got this, much better than I expected.

Crimson
July 13th 2007



1935 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good review, even though I personally think Accuser/Opposer is a fantastic song...

Hawks
May 25th 2008



34602 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I need to get this shit really bad.

Digging: Equilibrium - Erdentempel

Ouch
May 25th 2008



546 Comments


I need to get this shit really bad.

This Message Edited On 05.25.08

Hawks
September 17th 2008



34602 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Finally downloaded this yesterday. Marduk has made another quality album.

LordShay
November 5th 2008



35 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Accuser/opperser is a great song, but everybody their opinion. I love this album!

Hawks
December 30th 2008



34602 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Dont know if I like this or Plague Angel better. They're kind of tied.

Hawks
February 15th 2009



34602 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'm really loving this album right now. This has passed up Plague Angel for my favorite Marduk album.

DuckDuckJustin
July 15th 2009



14 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I liked this album. Any suggestions for other Marduk albums?

Hawks
December 8th 2009



34602 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Listening to this again right now. Fucking great album.

FR33L0RD
November 22nd 2010



1461 Comments


I will get this mad album, the sooner the better.

Hawks
November 22nd 2010



34602 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It took me a while to get it too, but it was worth it.

Shuyin
August 12th 2012



11180 Comments


riffing pretty hard m/

Digging: Blut Aus Nord - Memoria Vetusta II: Dialogue with the Stars

CaptainDooRight
August 12th 2012



28355 Comments


m/



Digging: Tukaaria - Raw to the Rapine

IronWolf
October 29th 2012



5 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Accuser/Opposer is the highlight of this album, since the clean and passionate vocals by A.A.Nemtheanga (from PRIMORDIAL), as well as Latin church chants, create haunting and dark atmosphere, making it one of the best tracks ever penned by the band. Overall, Rom 5:12 is the beast of an album.

DikkoZinner
July 8th 2014



2713 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Solid Marduk



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