Feminazgul
No Dawn for Men


4.0
excellent

Review

by Xenophanes STAFF
March 26th, 2020 | 337 replies


Release Date: 03/17/2020 | Tracklist

Review Summary: “The age of men is over” isn’t just an allusion, it’s a battle cry: metal isn’t just for men anymore.

The mind behind Feminazgul, Maggie Killjoy, understands the hypocrisy around black metal: hypermasculine exclusionary politics from men parading around in makeup and long-hair (neither is inherently feminine but society feels differently). Using the established Lord of the Rings lore, Feminazgul shrieks about the rights and risks of power, using the genre’s most firmly revered subject matter to do so. Orcs aren’t mythical villains, they’re the fascists in Sauron’s regime, nor are elves the foreign aggressors to be feared.

This upending of black metal’s most cherished fallback is glorious to behold and Feminazgul does so with a beautifully rendered atmospheric spin. Admittedly, it’s hard to walk away from the act’s debut, No Dawn for Men, completely astonished--there’s plenty of conventions here which have been heard from the likes of Blut Aus Nord and every other atmospheric black metal band who’ve followed suit. Where Feminazgul does stand out is in the use of symphonic elements. Strings and angelic choruses are used subtly, elevating tracks like “The Rot in the Field is Holy” to something more profound and otherworldly. Killjoy carries this ethos of “less is more” throughout, as the effete “Forgiver, I Am Not Yours” is every bit as effective as the scorching “To the Throat.” It’s endlessly dynamic, taking enough liberties with an established aesthetic to make it both crushing and gorgeous.

Feminazgul is an act to follow to the ends of the goddamn earth. Maggie Killjoy embraces and exalts black metal in equal measure, resulting in music that’s both fresh and familiar. “The age of men is over” isn’t just an allusion, it’s a battle cry: metal isn’t just for men anymore.



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TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
March 26th 2020


26645 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Very glad this got a staff review. This album rules hard and is a big step up from the previous record.



One minor correction is that while the last album was solely Maggie, she added Laura Beach to the lineup since and this album has her on lead vox.

YuriZakhaev
March 26th 2020


639 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

So how hard does this slap; digging the lore here.

parksungjoon
March 26th 2020


19605 Comments


sounds good to me

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TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
March 26th 2020


26645 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

its v good you should check ... definitely not run of the mill BM

YuriZakhaev
March 26th 2020


639 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

"its v good you should check ... definitely not run of the mill BM"



Aight, it's on queue after new TBDM today. So excited

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
March 26th 2020


12493 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Picked this up yesterday, this review is excellent.

ResidentNihilist
March 26th 2020


1478 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

sounds interesting will czech

Jacquibim
Staff Reviewer
March 26th 2020


4067 Comments


Not convinced this isn't parody tbh

ResidentNihilist
March 26th 2020


1478 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

listening now, sounds pretty generic tbh.

zaruyache
March 26th 2020


22447 Comments


"Not convinced this isn't parody tbh"

the first demo was a play on nsbm i think but it's a serious project.

Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
March 27th 2020


19637 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"band name is abhorrent"



Rivaling Madonnatron as my favorite band name.

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Jasdevi087
March 27th 2020


6126 Comments


can't wait for the doofuswainwright take on this one

budgie
March 27th 2020


19471 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

wat

Deathconscious
March 27th 2020


24644 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

That band name is uhhh...anyways, i auppose ill check this.

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WatchItExplode
March 27th 2020


8117 Comments


Sure, I'm game.

Deathconscious
March 27th 2020


24644 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Oh and as tradition dictates, i must ask xeno:



Is this an album i wont love but will certainly like, and in this case, is it just fine?

aydross121
March 27th 2020


454 Comments


That name is amazing.

GhandhiLion
March 27th 2020


8998 Comments


Band name is excellent *based

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Shadowmire
March 27th 2020


5990 Comments


based....?

Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
March 27th 2020


19637 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Album's great.



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