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Charnel Valley - The Dark Archives - 2005 - Paragon Records

Track Listing
1. Catapult
2. The Drowning Forest
3. Demonic Science
4. They Sleep In Open Graves
5. The Beast Of Six Thousand Bones
Well I'll say it again, I am very much "in tune" with power metal and hard rock, but this night I'll give the extreme a listen or two.

From Paragon Records comes Charnel Valley, a new black metal collaboration between Worm co-founder and chief writer Marty Rytkonen and Metal Maniacs journalist S. Craig Zahler. Recorded in four days, "The Dark Archives" presents an old school approach to black metal. Certainly along the same lines as bands like Burzum, Darkthrone, and Enslaved, Charnel Valley showcases five strong doses of sadistic and epic black metal spirit, with each song delivering a raw, fast delivery. With songs like "Demonic Science" and"The Drowning Forest", the two pay homage to the corpse paint of long ago.

The end result is indeed an album for just about any fan of the extreme.



--EC 11.27.05

About this Writer:
Eric Compton // Eric Compton lives in the most haunted city in the world, St. Augustine, Florida with his family and two yorkies. He has contributed to MaximumMetal.com since it's conception in 2003. His reviews, interviews and social commentary has been featured on websites like Brave Words, Blabbermouth, Metal Temple, Metal Rules, Ultimate Metal, Metal Maniacs and Wikipedia. You can also find him on his paperbackwarrior.com blog discussing all things action and adventure.

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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