Marduk
Iron Dawn


2.5
average

Review

by Kyle Ward STAFF
July 10th, 2011 | 29 replies | 6,337 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The illusion of black metal

It’s been more than a few years since “popular” Scandinavian black metal effectively hit a brick wall. The scene has been pummeled into a bloody pulp of tremolo picked riffs, monochrome makeup, and shattered memories of the days when most of black metal’s current listeners could barely walk, let alone understand what exactly contributed to the relative blossoming of the black metal sound we all know today. To put it bluntly, black metal as most people envision it died in the mid to late 90’s. It has always puzzled me why bands like Sweden’s Marduk- an act that was around for the proverbial rise and fall of the second-wave Scandinavian scene- are still here in 2011 clinging to a sound so indisputably, well, 90’s. Sure, Iron Dawn is wrapped in that war-mongering flavor that laced Marduk’s sound as far back as 1999’s Panzer Division Marduk, but it is still in essence the same Marduk with a few more years and a few less tricks up their sleeve.

Ten years ago it was still likely that Marduk would deliver a solid, if one-dimensional record that appeased the scores of fans who would eat up anything that contained a blast beat or two and a tight, tremolo-picked riff. Now, with their latest EP Iron Dawn, Marduk have shorted us on the “solid” aspect and simply left us with an offering that is about as one-dimensional as black metal can get. Aside from cliché samplings of bombs, sirens and other wartime fanfare we are tasked with digesting three songs with almost identical instrumentation. The guitars are lightning-quick and the riffs so forgettable that one has a sincerely difficult time recalling them by the time all has come to a close. It doesn’t help that the production is so clean as to leave the album with that sort of sterile, personality-devoid perfection that you would expect in, say, the waiting room of a dentist’s office. Slap this alongside vocals that never change pitch in their spewing of what are certainly lyrics with the depth of an empty kiddie pool and you are left with, well, the remnants of a sound that is well past its prime.

I can’t say that the album is outright terrible, because it’s not. There is nothing laughably bad about Iron Dawn, instead there is a lot that is depressing and sad. It makes you acutely aware that you haven’t heard a black metal record in the second-wave vein that you enjoyed in what seems like a very long time, before you realize that if this is what is left of that sound then maybe you don’t want to hear any more of it. Iron Dawn leaves in its wake that feeling of nostalgia that only comes when something you remember fondly is gone forever. Let me put it this way: I was listening to Iron Dawn one night on my computer, letting its drums bombard me with no meaning or purpose before, some minutes later, my heart leapt in gratitude when the riffing became full of life, melody and direction. I quickly looked at the screen only to find out Iron Dawn had ended and what was playing now was 1994’s Opus Notcurne.



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Crysis
Staff Reviewer
July 10th 2011



16258 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Sorry, Marduk, but after 3 or 4 releases in a row of each being worse than the last I think I've had enough.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
July 10th 2011



16258 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

bahahahhah

BallsToTheWall
July 10th 2011



44164 Comments


One song I didnt like 2 that I did.

ButcheredChildren
July 10th 2011



5591 Comments


pos, this review projects my exact feelings for this EP

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
July 10th 2011



16258 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

When I heard it the first time I was indifferent to it, but after each subsequent listen it was just
like they ran out of ideas so they played the same old shit for the entire EP. Wormwood at least had
some variance to it.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
July 10th 2011



6937 Comments


Is this really that bad?

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
July 10th 2011



16258 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I can’t say that the album is outright terrible, because it’s not. There is nothing laughably bad about Iron Dawn, instead there is a lot that is depressing and sad.


ButcheredChildren
July 10th 2011



5591 Comments


Agreed Wormwood stood out as well, this EP is Marduk without any inspiration.

"Is this really that bad?"

It's not bad, but it's not great. I thought it was good but it definitely comes close to average.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
July 10th 2011



16258 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I knew when I was writing this that I used a lot of adverbs in this one. Thanks for the thoughts
Thomas. I think those last few sentences put what I said in the previous sentence into perspective in
regards to this album vs. the band's previous work.

Trimmed out several of the adverbs and got rid of that "a bit" part.

ButcheredChildren
July 10th 2011



5591 Comments


"Sometimes I do believe the only thing more disturbing than raw bm is this site's obsession with ButcheredChildren."

lol

shrapnel
July 10th 2011



735 Comments


the only thing more disturbing than raw bm is this site's obsession with ButcheredChildren

since when has there been this obsession?

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
July 10th 2011



6937 Comments


"Sometimes I do believe the only thing more disturbing than raw bm is this site's obsession with ButcheredChildren."

Is this still an issue? Really?

lol[2]



Crysis
Staff Reviewer
July 10th 2011



16258 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

i could see sonic recoil in his chair from here

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
July 10th 2011



16258 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

depends on the album

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
July 10th 2011



16258 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Diadem is their best, Two Hunters is good and their newest one sucks.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
July 10th 2011



16258 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

yes every single one

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
July 10th 2011



16258 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

bathory and drudkh are two of my faves

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
July 10th 2011



16258 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

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Relinquished
July 10th 2011



24435 Comments


blood and sunflowers

MoosechriS
July 11th 2011



4772 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

been wanting to check this out, after hearing this i doubt i'll bother wasting my money on it. Good review by the way dude, pos'd



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