M8L8TH
By the Wing of Black


5.0
classic

Review

by Karl V.H. USER (85 Reviews)
May 25th, 2010 | 301 replies | 17,620 views


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: If only Hitler wore corpse paint…

The cold, frigid mother land of Russia is the perfect breeding ground for contempt and misanthropy, setting the tone for a wicked black metal scene that seems largely forgotten when anything black metal is being discussed (*if anyone reverts another bm conversation to Darkthrone ever again, they will be chastised!). Besides the endless winters in the northern parts of the country, the years of cold war and communist grip on the country could have only fuelled the fires of hatred in the ideological views of these black metal Soviets. Ok, so maybe the latter two catalysts might go over the heads of some of these bands considering their age and all, but that doesn’t mean that the bitterness of these said hardships (or godsends depending on your views) weren’t passed down through the generations of their elders. Here’s another spin on the whole misanthropic indulgence that black metalists pride themselves on; National Socialist themes that will surely have people ‘Sieg Heiling’ their black metal flags. M8l8th is a Russian black metal band who prides themselves as part of the NSBM scene. If this has scared you away already, I will guarantee this: they will win you over if you are any sort of a fan of black metal whatsoever. If you’re still reading this review, you have to understand that music like this is created from the seeds of hatred and to be quite honest, I don’t agree with anything that these themes pertain to. While I’m walking a fine line here, I would also just like to say that even though these themes disgust me, it’s what inspires M8L8TH to create the blazing black metal that is presented here on By the Wings of Black. Remember kids, misanthropy is born of hatred and what better theme to go by when creating music inspired by these very subjects that bring about the decline of morality within society.

If you’ve got past the whole “Nazi’s are bad people and I won’t listen to music with that particular stigmata attached to it”, then you’re in for a treat. Getting past the motivating speech of “Prologue” (I can only guess this is an excerpt from a Hitler speech), “By the Fallen Leaves” opens up with an incredible set of chords that spans the entire song and spirals upward into a rousing crescendo. This sets the tone for the rest of the album, not so much the crescendo part but how the band isn’t afraid to use a wide variety of dynamics and tempo speeds. It’s this welcome change of pace from most black metal (hyper blast beats and masturbatory usage of tremolo picking) that make this such an enjoyable listen from start to finish. This is not to say that none of these features appear within the songs, they’re just used in good taste and never overstay they’re welcome. To further compliment this fresh take on black metal, the traditional use of standard metal techniques (think Iron Maiden’s/ Judas Priest’s galloping, melodic leads) are seamlessly interspersed within the framework of black metal’s cold, atmospheric aesthetics and speedy, wall of sound delivery. It’s noteworthy to say that the band has also opted not to play the kvlt production standards that quite frankly, I’m getting sick and tired of. Sometimes I feel black metal bands use this production technique to cover-up just how unspectacular they are at their instruments. M8l8th are fantastic musicians and instead of muffling their compositions with a white-wash of haze, the songs utilize an almost fuzzy, clean tone giving the instruments enough room to breathe and allowing even the most unseasoned black metal fans a chance to find something interesting within the instrument execution. Top all this off with the wicked banshee screams of a singer who is apparently incarcerated in a prison psychiatric ward for the accusations of four murders/ robbery and you have the makings of an instant black metal classic.

Picking out favourites on this is tough since all seven tracks, not including the intro, are vastly unique from one another in terms of dynamics, tempo changes, and overall influences brought to the table. As the album progresses, the listener will realize that the last two tracks on here (“Beyond the Twilights” and “By the Wings of Black”) are the quintessential songs to the above descriptions and are absolute center pieces to any ‘best of’ black metal tracks (Yes, they are that good!). By the Wings of Black is not only the proper way of playing traditional black metal, the album also contains some of the most memorable songwriting to ever grace the frigid lands of black metals harsh territory. It’s too bad that such great songwriting is tainted by ideology that was influenced by one of the most evil men on the face of this earth. However, personal values aside, when black metal is played with this much passion, who really cares what inspires the band in the first place. This is a raw form of music that is based on hatred such as this to begin with and you have to give a band credit for using this to their full advantage, despite how controversial they may seem. I salute these guys with a huge ‘Seig Heil’ and so should you!



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Crysis
Staff Reviewer
May 25th 2010


16387 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Props for giving this a 5 Karl, this album is simply incredible. Awesome review, glad to hear you're still enjoying this.

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Wizard
May 25th 2010


19389 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Probably going to get some shit for this. Oh well, this fucking rules so hard. And blah, blah, blah this isn't a 5....who fucking cares, go listen to it.

Crysis, this is top 3 bm albums for me. Thank you so much for showing me this.

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vanderb0b
May 25th 2010


3473 Comments


Wait a minute...Russian Nazis? Confused.

Good review, but I probably won't get this. Can't get past the whole "Nazis are bad" thing

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
May 25th 2010


16387 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Haha no problem. It's so good because it's not trying to be over-the-top or pretentiously gay (for BM standards, that is).

Can't get past the whole "Nazis are bad" thing

It's a fucking shame because the music is so good. I honestly don't give two shits about the NSBM theme.

combustion07
May 25th 2010


5352 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It has come to my attention that I need this.
Good review dude

Wizard
May 25th 2010


19389 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Good review, but I probably won't get this. Can't get past the whole "Nazis are bad" thing

Worth your time, just skip the intro track!

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
May 25th 2010


16387 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Unless you know German you'll have no clue what Hitler is saying, anway, so it doesn't matter.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
May 25th 2010


17212 Comments


need need need need

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vanderb0b
May 25th 2010


3473 Comments


I listened to parts of it, and I have to admit that it is good. But I'm of Russian heritage, so there's a rather strong hatred of fascists in me. If everything but the intro isn't about Nazis, I might download it.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
May 25th 2010


16387 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Adam- You would dig the shit out of this album dude.

Dryden
May 25th 2010


12928 Comments


Can't belive this got a review. Either way this is awesome as fuck.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
May 25th 2010


16387 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I was gonna review it when I was motivated but Karl beat me to it and I'm glad he did.

jingledeath
May 25th 2010


7104 Comments


wow fucking need this

Relinquished
May 25th 2010


25010 Comments


prologue is pretty cool





yeah I'm german

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
May 25th 2010


16387 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

its a nice sing-a-long js

Willie
Moderator
May 25th 2010


15966 Comments


It sounds interesting (musically). The fact that the production doesn't suck is enough to probably make me look into this, but I'll definitely just download it.

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combustion07
May 25th 2010


5352 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Going into the 5th track right now. Really angry stuff, I can see myself digging this alot. The guitarwork and vocals are killer.

lobby
May 25th 2010


1251 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

first listen blew me away. The One Inspiring With Fear slays so hard

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
May 25th 2010


16387 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Probably my favorite part about this album is that it's the perfect length. It's long enough to give you a good amount of music but doesn't overstay its welcome one second.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
May 25th 2010


17212 Comments


I've always found it incredibly ironic that the new bastion of National Socialism is largely found in
countries that were either ravaged by or enemies of the Nazi war machine.



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