|Tsjuder - Desert Northern Hell
01. Malignant Coronation
04. Lord Of Swords
06. Mouth Of Madness
07. Unholy Paragon
08. Sacrifice [Bathory cover]
09. Morbid Lust
Well, nowadays the Norwegian scene doesn't seem to be as great and productive as it was back in the first half of the 90s. At this time of decomposition of the scene the moment for Tsjuder, one of the most promising underground Norwegian black metal bands, comes to appear and show how the music we loved back in the first half of the 90s should be played. "Desert Northern Hell" is their new album and it is pure raw and grim black metal, with some references to the dirty thrash sound of the first half of the 80s (Bathory, Venom…). If you're searching for keyboards you should stop reading this review and forget about Tsjuder because the guitars are enough to evoke a threatening and nocturnal feeling and an intense evil atmosphere in the air. I guess "No synthesizers, no female vocals, No Fucking Compromises" says it all!
The first question that might come to the mind of the reader of this review is "do they play something new?" The answer is simple - "no, they don't play anything new and they won't lead the black metal scene anywhere innovative". What they're playing is pure Norwegian black metal, with a thrash sense at times, in the vein we all loved and they're so damn proud about it that they succeed in sounding great!
The drumming is raging and evoking a war-like imposing feeling in the air and the guitars move in the renowned fiery razor blade soundscapes burning the shrouds with their repetitive but inspired structure. The vocals are in the vein of early Bathory ("Bathory" - "Under the Sign Of the Black Mark" era) albeit with a more 90s approach, sounding very expressive and enriching the overall menacing abysmal atmosphere (by the way, the Bathory cover on "Sacrifice" is magnificent!).
"Desert Northern Hell" flows as one from its very beginning until its very last second, keeping the interest of the listener at high levels and making him want to listen more and more to their music. I can say that they succeed in this because as days pass by this album becomes more and more addictive. Every song is condemned to be an epic live one and by saying that I mean that all the songs on "Desert Northern Hell" are live show dynamites that would lead the audience anytime to endless and fierce headbanging.
The album consists of 9 compositions yet it's really difficult to choose my favorite ones since it is so damn great! The whole album is played in a fast tempo, with some mid-tempo rhythmic parts at times. The album flows wonderfully with great songs like "Malignant Coronation", "Ghoul", "Mouth Of Madness", Unholy Paragon" and the 11-minute opus "Morbid Lust" that leaves you wondering how a band can be so inspired playing something that is not new yet having such a superb and pure feeling!
I guess this is an album for all the traditional Norwegian Black Metal adorers and I am sure that Tsjuder won't disappoint you! Don't expect anything new, but be prepared for something well-played and very inspired.
Written on 25.08.2005 by
"It is myself I have never met, whose face is pasted on the underside of my mind."