Nazgul
De Expugnatione Elfmuth


5.0
classic

Review

by A.K. USER (66 Reviews)
June 24th, 2006 | 38 replies


Release Date: | Tracklist


Nazgul are:

Zakrathor - Vocals, Keyboards, Drums
Thornset - Guitar, Bass

Official site:
[url]http://www.nazgulmusic.it[/url]

First things first. This entire fucking album is sung in Latin. Secondly the musical diversity is amazing. Baroque era harpsichord pieces to raw black metal to epic war songs that sound like they could be coming from the mighty band Summoning. All in all, be prepared for something unique when you put this on.

The only flaw that people find with this album is that the vocals are strange. Indeed they are, I have heard comments like "strangled Dave Mustaine", but no matter, the vocals fit the music and grow on you. Plus they are original. So they should not turn you off. The vocals range from high shrieks to low grunts and almost like some-one speaking while the camera is slow-mo (you know that slow "NOOOOOOOO!").

The music is astounding. These guys obviously love classical music. The shorter instrumental songs demonstrate this, and if one listens to the longer epics you can also hear the influence. Songs like Legion Draconorum Orkian sound like a raw medieval epic juggernaut, a la Summoning, which is the highest praise I can give. these guys know what they're doing. Epilogus starts with a little bit too happy of a trumpet melody. No worries though, you are simply being set up by Nazgul so that when all the instruments enter you are like :-o. Keyboards give the cd it's melodies and atmosphere, bass and guitar and drums it's raw rudimentary black metal sound.

The band has themes that can relate to Tolkien (that's usually a good thing). The music seems to emulate both sides of Tolkiens world. Listen to the begining of Elficidium and you have cheery elves/hobbits. Then in comes the battery and the axes and the orcs slaughter the elves/hobbits m/. The lyrics are pretty crazy too, if you find the translations they are rather entertaining.

Bottom line, download this cd, or try and find a place to buy it (I think eBay has some of the last new copies). Fans of Viking/Pagan/Folk/Epic/Medieval Metal will love this, I gauruntee you. One of the most overlooked bands and one of the best underground releases.

5/5

Pros:
-Musical Instrumentation
-Variety
-LATIN!
-Atmosphere which is light and dark at times.

Cons:
-Some may not like the vocals...



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King_Of_Terrors
June 24th 2006


52 Comments


Buy this for me.

Nice review.

Txus
June 24th 2006


75 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

m/ This album is so addictive like cocain...maybe even better:p

Great review my only complain about this album are the weird vocals in some of the songs.

Looks like a 4 to me.

Silenius
June 24th 2006


305 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

http://cgi.ebay.com/NAZGUL-De-Expugnatione-Elfmuth-2002_W0QQitemZ4888792700QQihZ003QQcategoryZ307QQssPageNameZWD1VQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

If you want it.



it's definitely addictive, I wish they would hurry up and release another one. :lol:This Message Edited On 06.24.06

Hatshepsut
June 24th 2006


1997 Comments


So the fact that it's sung in Latin is positive? Nice.

Silenius
June 24th 2006


305 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Well yes it's good, how many bands do you know of that sing completely in Latin?

Hatshepsut
June 24th 2006


1997 Comments


Well I'm not exactly fluent in Latin, so I wouldn't really like to hear lyrics I can't understand, even if I was reading the lyrics off paper or i found the site or something. But yes, it is very interesting.

Silenius
June 24th 2006


305 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Well given the vocal style it would be just as hard to understand english lyrics. ;)

Thor
June 25th 2006


10202 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This sounds like something I should check out, fast.

Digging: Black Crown Initiate - The Wreckage of Stars

Slapping Penguin
June 25th 2006


18 Comments


I will agree with Thor. THis really sounds like my things. Is going to bid on that Ebay :D

Silenius
June 27th 2006


305 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

http://www.mp3downloaddirect.com/search/?uid=2222&q=Nazgul+(It)

Thor
October 23rd 2006


10202 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I just picked this up, and I'm only a few songs in. Musically, this is awesome, but the vocals are kind of strange. Hopefully they'll grow on me.

mjjm1184
October 25th 2006


16 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I thought the vocals were weird at first but they grew on me. I love this album.

Thor
February 8th 2007


10202 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Ehh...the vocals are too weird for my tastes. Music's good, though.

Virus278
October 6th 2007


9 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The wierd vocals are one of my favorite things about this album.

SCREAM!
October 17th 2007


10382 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm really liking this album right now. The symphonic/folk elements are very well done and really make this sound unique. The vocals help too. I actually kinda like them.

Digging: Svartidau?i - Flesh Cathedral

FukuiSan
October 17th 2007


179 Comments


"Nazgul are:

Zakrathor - Vocals, Keyboards, Drums
Thornset - Guitar, Bass"


Nazgul are actually the spirits of kings who fell under the Rings power.

JordanS
October 17th 2007


319 Comments


NAZGUL!! REEEEEEEEKAAAAAWWWWWWW!!!



Good review, pretty solid CD but not really a 5. The vocals are a bit of a turn off, strong instrumentation though.

QuebecGuitar72
October 17th 2007


3 Comments


Could any1 send me the cd please
can't find it anywhere(like mirrorthrone's carrier of dust, if anyone have, i would like to have it too :P)
metal-up-your-ass666@hotmail.comThis Message Edited On 10.17.07

Angmar
October 17th 2007


2689 Comments


2 albums sent to you my good man.


Album rules btw

LifeInABox
October 17th 2007


3709 Comments


I havn't listened to it yet, but I have it, Stevo!



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