Tsjuder
Desert Northern Hell


2.5
average

Review

by Kyle Ward STAFF
September 14th, 2007 | 20 replies | 4,699 views


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Wait a minute... I've heard this before...

I don't know about the rest of you, but occasionally I am struck with a sense of Deja Vu. I see something as I'm driving down the road which I'm 100% sure I saw yesterday, even though I know it's not possible. I'm not sure what causes this or what makes me believe so strongly in it, but the fact is it happens. Now, it may be pretty cool or interesting if it happens to you in real life, but Deja Vu in music certainly isn't a good thing. The goal with music, especially metal, is to try and invent something new, try and do something which nobody before you has ever attempted. If a band comes along and releases an album which could easily be compared with hundreds of other bands, it's time to change something. In Black Metal, innovation is something which is looked upon with great skepticism, as if Black Metal fans are afraid to ruin the raw, pure emotion and hatred which draws the twisted masses to listen to it in the first place.

Tsjuder is yet another Norwegian Black Metal band who plays the same exact style of music which other bands before them had refined to near perfection. Apart from the occasional solo or two, Tsjuder are average in every sense of the word. Yes they wear corpsepaint. Yes they use aliases. Yes they are satanic. Yes they are Norwegian. Yes they play blast beats. Tsjuder formed in 1993, releasing a total of 4 full length albums before splitting up in 2006. In their entire 13 year career, they brought traditional, raw Black Metal to the ears of eager listeners, but after as little as 1 listen you are practically bored out of your mind at the sheer monotony of song after song of the same exact thing. They definitely can play their instruments well, but they simply are unable to write an entire album of different material. The first couple tracks are very entertaining, but as their 8 track, 50 minute onslaught of an album, Desert Northern Hell simply becomes one big, giant, headache-inducing blur. I like the enthusiasm shown, but enough is enough.

The guitars are well played, solid and somewhat varied. They take on the normal crunching sound, with very little variance in terms of tone. Though, one of the big upsides of the album is the production of the instruments, which is far better than the majority of Norwegian Black Metal. For it's entire runtime, the instruments are almost always audible, with the exception being the bass, which isn't really a huge deal since bass guitar and Black Metal never really mixed all that well. The guitar leads are fast and heavy, being slightly melodic at some points, not melodic in a Dissection sense, but melodic in the sense of being able to get you up and headbanging with some of the riffs. There are guitar solos on this album, most notably the one in the second track "Ghoul", showing that Tsjuder did at least try to vary the music from the usual verse - chorus - verse - chorus - bridge - chorus time line. Drumming is adequate, playing the usual blast beats but even throwing in a fill here or there as shown in "Unholy Paragon" or the fantastic fill at the tail end of the standout track "Mouth Of Madness". The bass guitar is audible at some points, but this being Black Metal it doesn't do much except keep the pace with the electric guitar and sort of hides away in the background.

Vocal wise, Tsjuder sounds like 100 other bands I have heard. I'm sure you've heard it before also, the raspy screech which appears in almost every Black Metal album known to mankind. No variance at all, the vocals never go to a death metal growl, there are no whispered or spoken passages, there are no background vocals, nothing. This may be where a lot of the monotony and boredom is rooted, so a change in vocal pitch and range would be welcomed with open arms here. Each song is like a huge wall of noise rushing into your ears. It sounds like Tsjuder simply wanted to play each song as quickly as possible, record it, and release the album. The cover art is a simple but cool picture of the 3-man band, nothing special. The only thing really showing lots of thought and effort is the cool artwork on the inside of the CD jewel case and on the disc itself, which shows an intricate and thoughtful piece of artwork which flows from the CD booklet to the disc, a cool effect.

The two standout tracks on this album are also the two longest, the 8 minute "Mouth Of Madness" and the 11 minute "Morbid Lust". Even for standouts on this album, they rank in the average category in comparison to what other, more deserving bands have put out. Having no keyboards takes away that mystical ambiance which bands like Emperor create, the simplistic songwriting is terrible in comparison the genius of bands such as Burzum, the innovation is distinctly lacking when you look at them next to bands like Deathspell Omega, everything about this album just screams average. Even the clear production and the fairly good drumming can't revive an album from putting the listener to sleep. If you are a fan of traditional, to-the-roots Black Metal, you will enjoy this. If you like creativity and innovation in your music, Tsjuder's final LP Desert Northern Hell will bore you to the point of anger.

Pros

+ Good Production
+ Solid Drumming
+ A Few Interesting Guitar Solos

Cons

- Extremely Low Replay Value
- Boring Vocals
- No Variety At All



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BallsToTheWall
September 14th 2007



44164 Comments


Good review but this sounds like something I wouldnt enjoy at all.

rattlehead42147
September 14th 2007



1345 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

i cant believe you're not a contributing reviewer yet.
and if this is anything like demonic possession, then i agree with the rating.This Message Edited On 09.14.07

Pebster49
September 15th 2007



2991 Comments


ya, people bash Metalcore for its genericness, maybe people should listen to more Black Metal cause they are just as bad at times

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
September 15th 2007



16242 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

i cant believe you're not a contributing reviewer yet.


Me either, oh well though, I don't care really.

And ya, Black Metal can be just as bad in terms of repetitiveness.

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
September 15th 2007



3760 Comments


I'm not into black metal, but this is a great review nevertheless.

Digging: Towers - Bel Air Highrise Plantation

rattlehead42147
September 15th 2007



1345 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

but the most respected bands use repetition for their advantage, and they use it well, like burzum.

Hawks
November 7th 2010



34204 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Bumping a 3 year old thread! While I agree with what Crysis is saying about not much variation, it's still enjoyable every once in a while if you like this kind of thing.

Digging: Manners - Pale Blue Light

Zyhaal
October 13th 2011



193 Comments


Originality, for me, is not important in metal at all. Love this album!

Hawks
March 31st 2012



34204 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Satan hard.

coneren
March 31st 2012



11111 Comments


lets party

Hawks
March 31st 2012



34204 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Lol oh my god the return of Coneren after only 10 minutes fuck yeah.

coneren
March 31st 2012



11111 Comments


sweet ban bro! brb gonna go buy beer hawks whats your phone number i wannd send you a picture of fun

Hawks
March 31st 2012



34204 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Just put a picture on Facebook for all to see.

coneren
March 31st 2012



11111 Comments


i dont have aphone that aloowes that

Hawks
March 31st 2012



34204 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Well god dammit Cone.

coneren
March 31st 2012



11111 Comments


whats your number honey

Hawks
March 31st 2012



34204 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

1-900-BOOBIES

panagiotis
March 25th 2014



192 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This an excellent example of ferocious perfect norwegian black metal. It pisses on most recent black metal releases. Innovation is not relevant to all albums. If you like your black metal raw and relentless this is a perferct release

panagiotis
March 25th 2014



192 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I would recommend this album to anyone who loves black metal, because this is black metal at its most unhallowed epitome, begrimed and spewing distilled hatred. I would recommend this to anyone who hates black metal because, even if you can't bring yourself to like the overall sound/vibe, I promise you will find at least two jaw-dropping moments. Finally, I would recommend this to anyone new to black metal. This album is exactly what satanic black metal should sound like - sharp as a razor, and blasting as a machine gun. It does not have the cold/grim feel of Immortal, Svartahrid, etc.. Instead it is just black. It is an absolute scimitar of an album

panagiotis
March 25th 2014



192 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

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