Satanic Warmaster
Carelian Satanist Madness


4.0
excellent

Review

by Shadows USER (89 Reviews)
September 9th, 2005 | 27 replies | 6,236 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist


2 of 2 thought this review was well written

From the moment the first song begins in a flurry a raw, black atmospheres, the emotion and power that went into every meticulously crafted riff and every ounce of atmosphere hits you like a windstorm of cold hatred. It's hard to believe that a single man was able to produce eight incredible songs of pure reassurance that true Scandinavian black metal can be both hateful and emotional. Satanic Warmaster manages to create an onslaught of raw black metal with an interesting array of sounds and the occasional yet much-needed supply at symphonic keys.

Carelian Satanist Madness may not seem like anything innovative to a music fan. Hell, most metalheads won't see what's so special about this. In reality, this album is nothing particularly groundbreaking or incredibly dynamic. Black metal fans will most likely recognize this as a reflection of a loathing of everything pure and holy set to music. In 41 minutes, a single Finn was able to convey his hatred of Christ and his passion for the blood cults. This is black metal, plain and simple. No fancy tracks or experimental ideas, just cut-to-the-bone, freezing black metal. Further description of Satanic Warmaster and the history can of course be found on the artist info page.

Many of you may wonder what exactly "Carelian" is. I myself was quite curious. Upon further investigation, I uncovered that it is actually a land of great European history. "Karelia" as it is actually called, is a land divided between Russia and Finland. In the 13th century, Sweden and the Novgorod Republic fought bitterly over it. In the 18th and again in the early 20th centuries Karelia fell further to Russia, although it has always been considered partly Finland as well. The precise history of it is extremely complicated and involves much political negotiations. To this day, it is the Republic of Karelia and lies directly on the border between Russia and Finland.

Now that we know where the music came from we can better understand the meaning. Such feuding over land and territory, through war and violence, would undoubtedly fuel incomparable hatred and emotion within one. The perfect embodiment of this would be The Vampyric Tyrant, easily my favorite song on the album. It's moving melodies and incredible symphonic overtones make it an enjoyable listen as well as a symbolic tale. The title track Carelian Satanist Madness is an epic black metal track full of memorable vocals, melodies, and rhythms. My Kingdom of Darkness is indeed a darker, torturous song reminiscent of classic Darkthrone. True Blackness, though opening with some odd vocals, proceeds to be another shameless romp in pagan faeryland. The closing track, Bessed Be, the Grim Art! is very unusual. The song consists of an eerie pipe organ making sad melodies as Nazgul shrieks, seemingly the graves of his forefathers.

Honestly - if you're a black metal fan, you owe it to yourself to investigate this. I would've provided uploads, since that is obviously impossible now, I'll be more than happy to provide samples through some other means. Though not revolutionary, this is black metal artfully crafted to please the burning flame of your blackened soul. Infernal hails, and may the dark god above bring forth this nightmare.

Recommended tracks:
The Vampyric Tyrant
Carelian Satanist Madness
My Kingdom of Darkness

Final Rating - 4/5

Enjoy, and thank you for making my wretched time worth while.



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circleofdeadchildren
September 9th 2005



119 Comments


Another great review,my friend showed me this band and ther pretty good.

Priestmetal
September 10th 2005



542 Comments


dude... black metal bands never stop amazing me. Each one I hear about has a more hardcore band name than the last. I think these guys take the crown for the band name though... Satanic Warmaster haha...

Shadows
Moderator
September 10th 2005



2530 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Try and find some of their music. The Vampyric Tyrant is easily one of my all-time favorite black metal songs. This band (guy) has quickly become one of my favorite black metal artists. I'd give uploads, but alas...This Message Edited On 09.10.05

Aakon_Keetreh
October 14th 2005



448 Comments


u might be able to find this cd at torrentspy.com but im not sure

Leper Affinity
October 14th 2005



89 Comments


It's worth it if you like black metal.

Aakon_Keetreh
October 15th 2005



448 Comments


ya it is

Zak_262
March 9th 2006



24 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this is one of my favorite black metal albums

Saatana
March 23rd 2006



1 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

One of the greatest Black Metal albums EVER. Everything is in it's place, starting from how cold the album sounds... Each song is composed with dedication and have even majestic feel, even though this is "raw" Black Metal.

Hails!

Freezing Moon
March 23rd 2006



63 Comments


Seems pretty average to me. :-

Equus
September 30th 2006



56 Comments


satanic cockrider

Equus
September 30th 2006



56 Comments


You would know all about that, wouldn't you?

Hawks
April 4th 2008



35294 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This reminds me of Nattens Madrigal by Ulver. Bad production and the Folk Metal influences. This album is really good.

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TheSpirit
November 4th 2011



17626 Comments


great shit

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Hawks
March 12th 2012



35294 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This bringz teh grimnezz.

CaptainDooRight
March 12th 2012



28667 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah this is really good

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Hawks
March 12th 2012



35294 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I just realized that I didn't have this rated before.

CaptainDooRight
March 12th 2012



28667 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah same for me too, although I've heard it like 10 times

Ovrot
October 2nd 2012



10486 Comments


praise satan satan

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Hyperion1001
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October 2nd 2012



18225 Comments


satan the allmaster

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Ire
October 2nd 2012



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matt is gay



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