Drephjard - Maktdominans review


1 user:
Band: Drephjard
Album: Maktdominans
Release date: April 2009

01. Intro
02. Rovmord
03. Maktdominans
04. Djevelsk Møy
05. Pt. II
06. Kald Jord
07. Slag

Dephjard's Maktdominans kicks off with a male choir, the pulse of a heart and an alarm going off. You'd think you're in for a good bout of avant-garde Black but metal, but that's far from the case. In fact, Maktdominans is basically as close as you can get to early Darkthrone. They might be slightly more melody-driven, but still.

I realize the introduction to this review is blunt - but I just wanted to let you know beforehand.

Maktdominans is Second Wave Black metal, Darkclone style (© BitterCOld), although it's perhaps slightly more melodic. We're subjected to six tracks clocking in just before the thirty minutes mark is reached. And that fact is basically my favourite thing about the album. Don't get me wrong, it's not exactly bad what Drephjard does here, but it's everything but exciting and innovating and the short length means it's almost possible to sit through it without getting bored. Almost. In the first couple of tracks, the razorsharp riffs and vocals accompanied by melodic bass and fast drums work, but my enthusiasm quickly shrivels. It's not the quality of the songs that declines, it's just that my buffer for boring music only spans about twenty minutes in length these days.

I don't see/hear anything that can work as an eye/ear catcher. If you're a sucker for old school Black metal, buy this. Or any other album in this style. Whatever.

Rating breakdown
Performance: 8
Songwriting: 5
Originality: 4
Production: 6


Written on 27.04.2010 by If you're interested in extreme, often emotional and underground music, check out my reviews. I retired from reviewing, but I really used to be into that stuff.

Hits total: 2475 | This month: 7