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TSJUDER DESERT NORTHERN HELL SEASON OF MIST --Grim Gaijin

Track Listing

1) Malignant Coronation
2) Ghoul
3) Possessed
4) Lord Of Swords
5) Helvete
6) Mouth Of Madness
7) Unholy Paragon
8) Sacrifice
9) Morbid Lust
We are in the dawn of a new era of Black Metal. Some of the greatest bands that helped kick-start the scene in the late 80's and early 90's are no longer here. Bands like Emperor, Burzum and Immortal brought us some of the grimmest music ever recorded but for some reason or another, are no longer carrying the black torch of metal mayhem. There are a plethora of new (and old) bands on the scene that call themselves black metal, but only few of them deserve to use the moniker.

Standing at the forefront of all the madness is Norway's Tsjuder. A menacing trio of corpse-painted lads, Tsjuder has assumed the new duties of Black Metal kings - a title once held by the mighty Immortal.

Tsjuder's third official release, DESERT NORTHERN HELL, is a materpiece of classic Black Metal that sounds in the vein of Immortal and early Marduk. In keeping with the eerie traditions of Black Metal, Tsjuder create some of the most haunting riffs immaginable in this genre. Top notch drumming with light speed blast beats assist in creating a musical assault so terrifying, yet very constructive in sheer power and aggression.

Some of the songs that showcase Tsjuders' blasphemous assault are: Malignant Coronation, Mouth Of Madness, Unholy Paragon, Possessed and Morbid Lust. However, the greatest surprise comes in the form of a Motorhead cover for SACRIFICE. The song is deconstructed and blends in very well with the rest of the CD yet you can still tell that it is classic Motorhead. How Genius!

For all of the Black Metal demons out there, do yourself a favor and pick up Desert Northern Hell and hail the new kings of Black Metal! For everyone else, add this gem to your Metal collection and witness the true meaning of Black Metal music.

--Grim Gaijin 1.11.2005
About this Writer:
David Loveless // Dave's early introduction to Metal was listening to records by Black Sabbath and Kiss. Discovering Metallica's Master of Puppets on record at the local public library turned his world upside down. After spending nearly 24 years in Japan and expanding his love for the International underground metal scene, Dave (and family) now resides in the US. The savage brutality of Extreme Metal brings out the "Grim Gaijin" in him.

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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