Dodsferd - Death Set The Beginning Of My Journey
11 November 2008

01. You Were Talking About A Kingdom; What The Fuck Is That!!!
02. The Day You Will All Rot, I Will Bury Forever My Hate!
03. I Can Easily Destroy All The Things I Have Created!
04. Suicide Was Created By Your Incompetence
05. Light Is Darker In This Swamp
06. Death Set The Beginning Of My Journey

Wrath, sole member of the Greek Dodsferd, steadily follows the direction set since the foundation of his project (and the scene in general). Which is exactly why reviewing a band like this is a little superfluous, as everyone will know what to expect before even having heard the album. Dodsferd's path of Black metal has been trampled so often that it has become more of a ditch. Really, it has suffered so much wearing out that it has become a knee-deep groove, and with the current future prospect, it'll one day be deeper than the Grand Canyon.

If you don't know this band: combine Darkthrone on steroids with Burzum tracks like "War" and throw in a little (more) punk and you'll end up with Dodsferd. Hate, misanthropy and death are the musical and lyrical themes of the six long tracks, which together rack up to three quarters of agonized, punkish and raw Black 'n Roll. Stand-out elements are the anguished, Varg-esq high-pitched screams and the occasional shouts Wrath belts out. No single bit of originality, though.

Is that total and utter disaster? Not necessarily. As long as there as there's the black flame, which possesses Dodsferd from time to time, I'm cool with it. "Death Set The Beginning Of My Journey" contains songs that succeed, because they just have that extra bit (title track for example), and songs that don't. The title track is a good example of a song where it all works out, but the other songs lack a real individual identity. After a while it all turns into a haze of indistinguishable (and therefore uninteresting) hatred.

Once again, those that liked the previous efforts of this band, or similar bands, can blindly purchase this stuff. If not – stay away. In my opinion the songs miss either a face of their own or that extra bit of over-the-top insanity to make it interesting, and this was probably my last listening session with this album, but true Raw Black metal junkies will surely love this.

Performance: 8
Songwriting: 6
Originality: 5
Production: 6

Band profile: Dodsferd
Album: Death Set The Beginning Of My Journey


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Italics - 17.05.2009 at 22:36  
I'd rate this album probably about 7 points lower.

Holy crap... people can listen to this noise?
dodsferd111 - 15.08.2010 at 14:34  
This is fucking awesome. Humanity is the problem

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