Iron Dawn

1. Warschau II - Headhunter Halfmoon
2. Wacht Am Rhein Drumbeats Of Death
3. Prochorovka - Blood And Sunflowers

Daniel "Mortuus" Rostén (Vocals)
Morgan "Evil" Steinmeyer Håkansson (Guitars)
Magnus "Devo" Andersson (Bass)
Lars Broddesson (Drums)

Dark Endless (1992)
Those of the Unlight (1993)
Opus Nocturne (1994)
Heaven Shall Burn... When We Are Gathered (1996)
Nightwing (1998)
Panzer Division Marduk (1999)
La Grande Danse Macabre (2001)
World Funeral (2003)
Plague Angel (2004)
Rom 5:12 (2007)
Wormwood (2009)


Producer Marduk, Devo Andersso
Recorded March 2011 at Endarker Studio

Released 27/5-2011
Reviewed 14/9-2011


How original, an emergency warning alarm. And an idiot grunting in three-houndred-eighty-five-miles-per-hour to the sound of blastbeats and guitars with a sound that goes round and round and round like some sort of fan. How very original! They have a tempo much like the one kids with sugar rush have and cackle like in a hen run haunted by a fox-rat on the hunt for feathers.

Marduk has been playing since 1990 and has since the beginning released 11 albums, four EPs and four live albums. They've sounded like this since the beginning (more or less) and it's not at all surprising that they sound like this again. Not at all. And it's not very sensational either. And it doesn't feel like they do it for the attention anymore either. It feels to me like they do this like they do because they are Marduk and this is how Marduk should sound. How ever fucking bad that is.

The tempo is awful and unpleasant. The noises come after each other in a cavalcade of horrible speed and doesn't really invites for nice emotions. In the middle of all these sounds there are actually three songs filling this EP. Where they are, I have no idea. it feels like the same songs keeps repeating over and over. There are just tiny little differences between the songs, almost untraceable differences. It feels like details separating them like when certain sounds come and such, rather than actual differences. Fine, fine - I admit the third and last track is somewhat differant from the first two mainly due to the lower tempo. It's a slow song. But the sound, the structure and style is… just about the same.

I think Marduk sounds like a train. Chu chu chu is how the play and the more times they go down the rails they've gone down since ancient times they roll on faster and faster. They are not chewing their metal harder, really, and they doesn't have much of the chu chu's engineering ability. this feels more than anything like it always does with Marduk - annoying, irritating an predictable. Boring. Unbearable, at least in my book. Sound effects and such aren't really helping anything no matter how much of them you add - the music is still boring and dull. Dead stop. The third track is like somebody has pulled the handbrake… and it feels pretty much as something I hope they do. Pull the handbrake, get an end to it!

All respect to Marduk, but keep this away from me from here on. I mean it - I hate it!


Label: Regain Records
Three similar bands: Vader/Mayhem/Endstille
Rating: HHHHHHH (3/7)
Recensent: Caj Källmalm
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