Nargaroth
Black Metal Ist Krieg (A Dedication Monument)


3.5
great

Review

by blou52 USER (15 Reviews)
July 10th, 2019 | 18 replies


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A mixed bag, but a bag worth digging through nonetheless

In black metal, controversial albums appear with startling frequency. Some of these albums garnish such a controversial legacy that they are still talked about nearly two decades after their release. Nargaroth’s 2001 sophomore release, Black Metal Ist Krieg , is surely one of the aforementioned albums. Often the butt of jokes and hastily dismissed as an album completely embodied by it’s infamously bad title track, Black Metal Ist Krieg has had a tough life in the scene to say the least. It’s quite a shame too, as this album is so much more than just the aforementioned title track. Packed with the emotions of a man who is seeing his community crumble around him, this album is, to put it simply, underrated.

Upon starting the album, it's not hard to see why Black Metal Ist Krieg has garnished such a poor reputation. The first thing a listener hears is two and a half minutes of guitar feedback and static with vocalist/guitarist Kanwulf’s nonsensical screaming layered on top. Even if a listener has enough sense to skip the track and move to the next song, they would be greeted by the laughable title track. The title track on this album is possibly one of the most maligned songs in black metal, mostly for it’s lyrics. It’s true that the lyrics are totally uninspiring and silly, consisting almost entirely of nothing but “black ***ing metal ist krieg”. Looking past the lyrics, the first two and a half minutes of the song is the same riff and blast beat, courtesy of both Maniac Butcher (from Maniac Butcher) and Occulta Mors (from Moonblood) that never seems to end. Even more damning for the album is that, if the listener checks the tracklisting in this time, they would see that there are four cover songs present on the album. Based on these initial impressions, Black Metal Ist Krieg isn't shaping up to be too good of an album.

While this album may sound deserving of all the hate it has received so far, that would be completely neglecting the original songs present later on in the album. After Kanwulf’s first cover of german black metal, “Seven Tears Are Flowing To The River” is like the light at the end of a tunnel. Lasting for nearly fifteen minutes, this song contains a visceral embodiment of sadness and loss that most black metal bands never reach or even attempt. The heart and soul imbued in this track is nearly second to none. Despite the negative reception the album has garnered over the years, “Seven Tears Are Flowing To The River” is often considered to be Nargaroth’s best song. Some fans even say it is one of the greatest atmospheric black metal songs of all time. This song alone makes up for the poor decisions of cover songs.

As good as Seven Tears is, that alone isn’t enough to warrant the rating I gave the album. This is where the other original tracks come in to redeem the album. Tracks like “Erik, May You Rape The Angels”, and “The Day Burzum Killed Mayhem” both deal with deceased black metal musicians and both are finely crafted black metal songs. While “Erik” has courted controversy over its incredible similarity to Immortal’s album Pure Holocaust . Kanwulf has even gone on record to say that this is completely missing the purpose of this album. These songs, in their broken english, contain personal lyrics that show just how impactful these deaths were on Kanwulf and the black metal scene as a whole. Musically speaking, the album’s sound is surprisingly varied. It’s easy to pick out which track is which. In fact, it almost seems like Kanwulf can’t pick a certain style to stay with. “The Day Burzum Killed Mayhem”, for example, focuses more on a brooding and sinister sound while “Erik” takes a decidedly colder and more melodic approach to songwriting. Neither of these tracks have the atmospheric and sorrowful tendencies that “Seven Tears” had.

To say this album gets overly criticized is an understatement. If this album gets brought up in conversation it’s usually in reference to the lyrics on the title track. Yes, this album has its fair share of flaws, but Kanwulf succeeds in his goal of creating black metal emblematic of what he felt was the “desolate state of the German Black Metal scene at the turn of the millennium”. If you have been staying away from this album thanks to the negativity surrounding it, give it a try. Black Metal Ist Krieg has surely had its true nature buried under jokes and controversy, but that doesn’t make the songs contained any less listenable.



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blou52
July 9th 2019


182 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Why this didn't have a review, I'll never know

metalhead2425
July 9th 2019


314 Comments


Seven Tears is the shit m/

Frost1620
July 9th 2019


12 Comments


But ist black metal truly krieg?

blou52
July 9th 2019


182 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Only if you're possessed by black fucking metal

metalhead2425
July 9th 2019


314 Comments


might want to fix those italics though

blou52
July 9th 2019


182 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

fixed, thanks

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
July 10th 2019


25741 Comments


I can't take this dude seriously, especially after his OTT reaction to Lords of Chaos

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Alastor
July 10th 2019


2092 Comments


he truly is the living cliché of a 3rd wave BM elitist. Although I have the feeling I would agree with him on Lords of Chaos, without having read his statement.

DungeonBoy
July 10th 2019


6398 Comments


One of my best friends was really into this album when we were in high school and he would drive around blasting it screaming "Black Metal Ist Krieg" out the window while cruising through the burbs

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blou52
July 10th 2019


182 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It seems like Kanwulf has become somewhat less of an elitist compared to what he was back when this came out. The title track is still a joke though

Hawks
July 10th 2019


73061 Comments


Forgot about this band lol.

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Alastor
July 10th 2019


2092 Comments


the title track is awesome, but it's a rip off of Strid. With this album it's hard to tell where the tribute begins and where the plagiarism ends.

garas
July 10th 2019


1499 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Pos'd.



I can't take Kanwulf/Ash seriously since he's a habitual liar, but I really like some of his works. This album is fine, despite the awful song titles.

Seven Tears is the shit m/ [2]

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hansoloshotfirst
July 11th 2019


1417 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

album is pure cringe just like Kanwulf himself.

wish I could find his embarassing appearance on talk talk talk (was a trashy german tv program) anywhere online.



Edit: the talk show was called "Sonja"

oh fuck just remembered this exists: http://www.morbidcurse.com/article18.html

MarsKid
Contributing Reviewer
July 11th 2019


9832 Comments


Well done review my man. Never heard of these guys, but then again I'm not the most knowledgeable in the field of black metal.

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bigguytoo9
July 11th 2019


586 Comments


Title track is the worst. Fuck that.

garas
July 11th 2019


1499 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"http://www.morbidcurse.com/article18.html"

Ha! That's fun, I remember when I found that article!

blou52
July 11th 2019


182 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

That article is pretty damning against him. If he wasn't so pretentious he'd probably just have been mostly forgotten, well, besides for Seven Tears



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