Marduk
Dark Endless


4.0
excellent

Review

by Hawks USER (71 Reviews)
March 19th, 2012 | 35 replies


Release Date: 1992 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Darkthrone wasn't the only black metal band who once made some awesome OSDM.

Nowadays, Marduk is a very well-known band within the black metal genre. Chances are they're one of the names that comes up when someone is discussing the more entry level stuff to help get people started in listening to black metal. This album, Dark Endless, was their debut full-length, released in the year 1992.

In their earlier days, Marduk played a little bit of a different style than their known for today. Now being known as pretty much straight-up black metal band, they liked to add a bit of a death metal twist to their music back in the day. The production here is very reminiscent of what was coming from bands like Morbid Angel and Dismember from around this time. In fact, most of the riffing here is very death metal inspired as well. And believe me, to this day Marduk is still one of the hardest riffing black metal bands and it was even more apparent back around the time this was released. All the thanks for that goes to the founder of the band and main songwriter Morgan Häkansson. There are a few black metal styled riffs thrown in here and some tremolo picking as well, but deep down, says that it's an old-school death metal album. You could even call it a blackened death metal album if you wanted to. The main black metal influence on this album comes from the vocals, which are a snarly and very raspy scream, courtesy of then vocalist Andreas Axelsson.

People who don't really enjoy the way Marduk sounds nowadays very well may like this album. It's their only album that is heavily influenced by the old-school death metal sound considering they turned almost completely into a black metal band on their following albums. So if you don't enjoy the way they sound as a black metal band, there's no harm in trying out how they were as a death metal band. To be honest, I love their black metal albums as well, but I wouldn't have complained if they continued down the path that they were on here because they made some damn good death metal.



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Hawks
March 19th 2012


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Satan.

CaptainDooRight
March 19th 2012


30333 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"hell" yeah

Hawks
March 19th 2012


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

m/ hard.

MO
March 19th 2012


19068 Comments


nice

Hawks
March 19th 2012


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks my man.

TheSpirit
March 19th 2012


18002 Comments


Marduk as a black metal band is abysmal but this sounds very interesting, pos.

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chambered69
March 19th 2012


1253 Comments


66 reviews m/

Hawks
March 19th 2012


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks buddy. I love most of Marduk's stuff except some of their mid-period stuff that sucks, but yeah, I think you'd like this.

KILL
March 19th 2012


72280 Comments


good view will check

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Hawks
March 19th 2012


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

m/ m/ m/

CaptainDooRight
March 19th 2012


30333 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

well fuck me Jesus if that isn't an accurate statement

Hawks
March 19th 2012


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I don't know about all that.

SteelErectedb4you8er
March 19th 2012


2618 Comments


Nice review, Hawks. Good to see you representin' some old school. Correct me if I am wrong, but this was produced by Dan Swano of Edge of Sanity. If not, I knew he did a few of their albums.

Hawks
March 19th 2012


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks bro. And yeah, he did the production.

Shuyin
March 19th 2012


12048 Comments


satan m/

never payed much attention to this band

Hawks
March 19th 2012


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Their first 3 albums plus Plague Angel and ROM 5:12 are all fantastic. You should give them a try.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
March 19th 2012


16478 Comments


Have yet to listen to this

Hawks
March 19th 2012


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Crysis you'd dig this for sure.

Shuyin
March 19th 2012


12048 Comments


it allways feels like you gays have allready listenned to everything, making me look like a musical noob.

i hate you all m/

Hawks
March 19th 2012


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

US GAYS ARE YOU TRYING TO SAY SOMETHING?



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