Marduk
Those of the Unlight


4.5
superb

Review

by Suicide Boy 777 USER (202 Reviews)
January 29th, 2010 | 55 replies | 11,160 views


Release Date: 1993 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Marduk gone Krieg!!!!

11 of 11 thought this review was well written

I hate being late to the party. Why? Because when I arrive fashionably late, I tend to have missed out on some of the night’s more debauched moments. Whether it’s the Abercrombie and Fitch model attempting to jump into the pool from the top of the roof only to end up eating the pavement, the drunken, horse faced girl who’s being plowed in the backyard by three dudes, or having an angry black man storm into your house threatening to beat the *** out of everyone responsible for his underage daughter falling into a doorknob and busting open her face, one thing is for certain when it comes to partying. Time is essential. Get there before the going gets good. What does this nonsensical diatribe have to do with music you ask? A lot and a little. I’ve been listening to Scandinavian black metal for almost three years now but it wasn’t until 2010 when I discovered one of Sweden's crowning achievements.

The band is Marduk. Formed in 1990 and named after a Babylonian deity, Marduk have seemed to leave a favorable impression amongst metalheads everywhere but sputnikmusic. Perhaps that is why it took me so long to scour Marduk’s back catalog. Putting my faith into a group of people who don’t know dollars from dildoes was a mistake that I don’t intend on repeating. The album in question is Those Of The Unlight. Released in 1993, this album not only predates Ulver’s Bergtatt, Mayhem’s Di Mysteriss Dom Sathanas, Darkthrone’s Transylvanian Hunger, and Emperor’s In The Nightside Eclipse but fares pretty well with these legendary albums in terms of musical quality. I’d even be hard-pressed to say that Those Of The unlight slays anything that was put out in Norway circa 1994.

Marduk’s primary sound in the early stages was a black/death metal hybrid. With their second album Those Of the Unlight, Marduk adopted a purely black metal sound before eventually shifting gears into war metal territory. But enough of that, let’s get down to business. Marduk play raw, savage black metal that is characterized by fast tempos, bruising riffs and Joakim Gothberg’s signature scream. However, Marduk isn’t afraid of implementing a few catchy hooks, heart whelming melodies or seven minute ambient instrumentals (Echoes From the Past) into their overtly aggressive sound. That might sound contradictive to the code of second wave black metal aesthetics but In The Woods… slid by with female vocal harmonies and Varg gained a lively fanbase by sounding like an obese fat woman being strangled by sandpaper. So hey, who are we to judge?

The guitar aspect is the most significant asset to Marduk’s Those Of the Unlight. Consisting of Morgan Hakansson and Magnus Andersson, Marduk’s guitar duo was far ahead of it’s time by incorporating a wide variety of tactics and influences with the standard rapid tremolo picked chord patterns. Speed metal soling, thrashy rhythms, mournful doom like melodies and power chords, albeit sparse, provide enough depth to this record to elevate this record to the forefront of the hall of fame. Hell, A Culture Of Night might even be the first recorded attempt to bridge together rock n roll with black metal. Don’t believe me? Listen to 2:18-2:41 and tell me otherwise. To be frank in an honest and unbiased as possible manner, these guys abso- ***ing-lutely slay harder than Lucifer’s descent from heaven.

Vocally, Joakim Gothberg utilizes everything you’d ever like to hear in a classic black metal record without sounding like a fairy with a two inch spike up it‘s ass. Using primarily high pitched screams (albeit not too high) and anguished growls, Joakim complements the surging riff oriented attack with a feverish delivery. The stoic production values makes him sound possessed, complimentary of a young Dan Swano.

The rhythm section is marvelously performed as the audible bass provides a nice groovy low end while the drums blast off into oblivion. B. War avoids one of black metal’s most infamous stigmas by being a competent bass player. That is an accomplishment all in itself but amidst all the chaos B.War gets the job done. The bands drummer slash vocalist Joakim Gothberg is one hungry son of a bitch. Incredibly loud snare drums, blitzkrieg blast beating, and militant drum fills result in a punishing onslaught of brutality. Once again I commend Dan Swano for administering his personal touch to the nihilistic soundscape. Without sounding overly polished or contrived.

Although I arrived a few years late at Marduk’s Those Of The Unlight bash, I revel in my lost time by getting acquainted with their back catalog. This is a supreme black metal record that should be heard by just about everyone that considers him/herself a BM enthusiast. Not Carnifex though, GTFO.



Recent reviews by this author
So Hideous Last Poem/First Light13th Moon The Pale Spectre over the Worm
Theophany Time's End: Majora's Mask RemixedAt Dawn They Sleep Red Sun
Black Magick SS PanzerwitchMadonna True Blue
user ratings (93)
Chart.
3.6
great

Comments:Add a Comment 
Ponton
Emeritus
January 29th 2010



5790 Comments


Very enjoyable read, Pos. You are certainly one of sputnik's most-informed metal reviewers.

BallsToTheWall
January 29th 2010



44194 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thank you sir. Worth acquiring.

Digging: My Chemical Romance - Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge

Athom
Staff Reviewer
January 29th 2010



17204 Comments


I'm leary to give this a try because all the Marduk albums I've heard kinda suck.

BallsToTheWall
January 29th 2010



44194 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is the only Marduk album I have so I cant speak from experience. At the very least, youtube one of these tracks. they are all pretty solid.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
January 29th 2010



17204 Comments


will do.

Ponton
Emeritus
January 29th 2010



5790 Comments


Youtubing some tracks now. These guys have the album that Heaven Shall Burn are named after, right?

TheSpirit
January 29th 2010



17730 Comments


Good review as usual but I'm fairly certain Marduk is from Sweden

Digging: Venus Star - Nigredo Expulsion

Athom
Staff Reviewer
January 29th 2010



17204 Comments


wiki proves the dude who's digging coked out funk correct

BallsToTheWall
January 29th 2010



44194 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

........................yeah you're right. Oooh boy.

TheSpirit
January 29th 2010



17730 Comments


Hey Bootsy Collins is awesome

Athom
Staff Reviewer
January 29th 2010



17204 Comments


I never said he wasn't, all i said was that he loves drugs.

Zoo
January 29th 2010



3759 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@ Adam: try this, Opus Nocturne or La Grande Danse Macabre. If you don't like those, perhaps Rom 5:12 or Nightwing. If those don't grab you, you might as well move on.

Nice review Balls, Marduk is my favorite bm band so obligatory pos for you.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
January 29th 2010



16314 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Marduk's best album.

These guys have the album that Heaven Shall Burn are named after, right?

Yep

BallsToTheWall
January 29th 2010



44194 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Also like to point out that the cover is so ridicously awesome, it makes the Storm Of The light's bane cover seem mediocre in comparison.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
January 29th 2010



16314 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, the original cover is better than the re-release though

BallsToTheWall
January 29th 2010



44194 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I feel compelled to admit scenario 3 was a true story. A very brutal night that December 8th of 2006 was. All I remember after that was stumbling and finallypassing out in a hedge by the main street light.

Which....is what i should be doing tonight instead of chatting online.

KieranVandRakim
January 30th 2010



332 Comments


marduk in tekken is a cheap fuck

Willie
Moderator
January 30th 2010



15912 Comments


Great review, of course.

Digging: Nero Di Marte - Derivae

jk2two
January 30th 2010



105 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice review - made me dig this out again... It's been ages. I just love that snare sound - they don't make them like that anymore.

title track kills.

Dethtrasher
January 31st 2010



2211 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I need this now, awesome and inspiring review.



You have to be logged in to post a comment. Login | Create a Profile





FAQ // STAFF & CONTRIBUTORS // SITE FORUM // CONTACT US

Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Site Copyright 2005-2014 Sputnikmusic.com
All Album Reviews Displayed With Permission of Authors | Privacy Policy