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Swordmaster
Moribund Transgoria


4.5
superb

Review

by Brandon N. USER (157 Reviews)
June 8th, 2010 | 26 replies


Release Date: 1998 | Tracklist


In metal today, pretty much everyone is familiar with the industrial glam band called the Deathstars. What they probably don't know, is that before the glam and the glitz of their current band, singer Whiplasher (Andreas Bergh), guitarist Nightmare Industries (Emil Nödtveidt) and drummer Bone W. Machine (Ole Öhman) were a part of the black-thrash metal band Swordmaster. Little known and underappreciated the band released two full lengths before finally disbanding in 1998. Their swansong effort Moribund Transgoria perfectly illustrates a band that deserved to make it to the big leagues, yet due to unknown circumstances, just couldn't raise their fame to the next level.

Despite the unfortunate name of the band, Swordmaster is far from the power metal gimmick most would assume them to be; instead they choose to play a cunning brand of metal that not only contains the raw essence of black metal, but also harnesses the technicality and melody of melodic death metal. The band is certainly aggressive there is no doubt about that; however in songs such as “Sulphur Skelethrones”, guitarists Emil Nödtveidt and Erik Halvorsen temper their rather aggressive, chugging guitar fare with split harmonies reminiscent of Iron Maiden, saving their presence for only the most perfect of times. Over the course of the album Emil and Erik also reveal just how skilled they are as musicians, whether it is in technical thrash-like gallops (“Metalmorphosis – The Sweat of Cain”, “Moribund Transgoria”) , serene acoustic breakds (“Deathspawn of the Eibound”) or in the quick- fingered neo-classical inspired solos that appear in nearly every song.

The guitars aren’t the only aspect that Swordmaster can safely brag about however; vocalist Andreas Bergh’s wide range allows him to perform both black metal screeches and hoarse death metal gutturals, as well even his trademark deep clean vocals at times (“Angels and the Masters”) . During his tenure in Dissection, Ole Öhman demonstrated a style of extreme metal drumming that was quite unique; instead of using standard techniques, he felt the songs and provided only the beats and patterns that could best suit them. On Moribund Transgoria it’s a pleasant thought to consider that he still hadn’t lost his knack for originality, providing fills and patterns that can only fit (and perfectly) fit within in the songs prevented on the album.

Upon first listen of Moribund Transgoria, comparison to fellow Swedish band Dissection is avoidable; featuring Jon Nödtveidt’s youner brother as well as former Dissection drummer Ole Öhman, there is an undeniable resemblance between the two bands respective sounds. However Moribund Transoria proves that Swordmaster is far from just another Dissection clone, that they are indeed a band that if perhaps were formed just a slight bit earlier, would rival their brother band in terms of influence, importance and skill.



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TheSpirit
June 8th 2010


29504 Comments


Please note: this is reposting of a review from my previous account. It is not plagiarized in any way.

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Relinquished
June 8th 2010


47631 Comments


are you sure

Relinquished
June 8th 2010


47631 Comments


i don't believe you

TheSpirit
June 8th 2010


29504 Comments


welll

TheSpirit
June 8th 2010


29504 Comments


That's right; i lied about being Fxxkit13 for the popularity it would obviously bring me :P

Metalstyles
Emeritus
June 8th 2010


8575 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You copied and pasted this straight like it was, didn't you? Because this is not really up to your usual standards, sorry Spirit. I found quite a lot of typos, missing commas + this is pretty much a tbt, just not formated as a one.



Anyway, album is great and I'm glad it at least has a review, even if it is exactly the same as the one that was up before ;)

TheSpirit
June 8th 2010


29504 Comments


Haha yeah I just copied and pasted although I think a bit later I might just redo the whole thing in my current style. But yeah this album does rule quite a bit, hopefully it'll get some more exposure this time around

Metalstyles
Emeritus
June 8th 2010


8575 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

k, and yeah if you have the time then you should ;)

TheSpirit
June 8th 2010


29504 Comments


Yeah i'm gonna do that right now so keep a look out for it later. Oh and thanks for the input and whatnot : )

Metalstyles
Emeritus
June 8th 2010


8575 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

No problem man and I don't know how long I'll be on tonight, but I'll be sure to take a look at it tomorrow if not sooner

Foxhound
June 8th 2010


4571 Comments


needs more metall ;)

Ulsufyring
June 8th 2010


1748 Comments


who the fuck are the deathstars?

TheSpirit
June 8th 2010


29504 Comments


A pretty awful industrial metal

Metalstyles
Emeritus
June 8th 2010


8575 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Deathstars are ok in my book. They do provide a fun listen, but only if you're into that kind of goth/industrial mix.



Btw, Spirit, there's no "The" in Deathstars, js

TheSpirit
June 8th 2010


29504 Comments


I really loved "Blitzkrieg" so I bought their album Termination Bliss, but I was really disappointed with the album overall.

Metalstyles
Emeritus
June 8th 2010


8575 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah "Blitzkrieg" is my favorite too off of Termination Bliss, but unlike you I also enjoyed teh rest of the album.



Buuuuuuuut, now we're already making the inevitable mistake and are starting to talk about Deathstars in a Swordmaster thread. Quite unpossible to avoid it due to the link between the bands, but I guess we should try haha.

Zoo
June 8th 2010


3759 Comments


dudebro, what happened to the verdunkeln review? haha, you written four review since

TheSpirit
June 8th 2010


29504 Comments


Well technically two have been reposts haha... But I promise I did not forget about Verdunkeln!

Hyperion1001
Emeritus
June 9th 2010


21936 Comments


I call thee forth, Ogre Mage of the Black Lake!
I call thee forth, Swordmaster of Kyrman'ku!

Sorry, name reminded me of some Bal-Sagoth. Also, how the hell did this become Gothstars?

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TheSpirit
June 9th 2010


29504 Comments


Okay I kept the original intro, but I just did a quick little write up and deleted all the stuff I had previously as the body paragraphs so it would fit in better with my current style of writing. And that's a good question Hyperion, I don't know how a band like this could become something as bleah as the Deathstars



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