UNHOLY CRUCIFIX's Profanation Of Deity on Dodheimsgard's 'Kronet Til Konge'
From the moment the intro starts playing you know you are in for something dark and unholy. A chalice with a few droplets of His black essence to imbibe in. Abyssic, Satanic Norwegian Black Metal!
Few bands, in my opinion, have captured and bottled demons as effectively as Dødheimsgard. Where "Monumental Possession", another favorite, is pure demoniac, feverish hellfire Black/Thrash, "Kronet til Konge", at times, is a trip into the final circle of medieval Hell, with the Beast frozen blue in the absence of god's light and warmth.
I believe I first came into contact with the album around late '95 or early '96. It accompanied me on many late winter nights, going to or from the practice space I had at the time. A perfect companion for the calm, snowy nights, devoid of people in the street. This is a major association I have with this album, that certain time and place. The album cover in its simplicity says it all. The enthroned goat. The strange logo. The back cover with the obscure band photos and pentagram. The song titles. All part of a black whole.
Musically, straight forward and raw at its core. Bass fueled, and drum propelled. Northern Metal riffs storm across frozen, barren wastelands with force and conviction. Misanthropic and majestic, melodic and aggressive. Emitting shadows of Satan's dark/light in audial communion. Sound forged in caves, and depths... The vocal and lyrical performance especially, is perhaps the main reason for this album being as effective as it is. Theatrical and monumental. Giving the music an almost glorious feeling. Illuminated to Satan, against the holy. Spitting blasphemy from deep caverns, to torture the feeble masses huddled under Jehovah's repulsive light. Poetically trampling them into the frozen ground and church-ash.
"De må lide".
In conclusion, although not a massive influence on my main band's music, on a personal level this album has meant a lot. Since becoming lost in Black Metal at the height of it's infamy around '92/'93, to me, it is still one of the darkest, thrilling, obscure sounding records from the Norse scene of the 1990's and beyond... It is black essence. Black atmosphere. Black ulcers... Black Metal, pure and simple.
Select Unholy Crucifix Discography:
'Trampling The Holy Faith' Split LP - Gasmask Productions 2008
'Morbid Edifice' Demo/7" - Seedstock Records 2005/2010
'Vile Odors in the Nave' 7" - Desecration Of God Productions 2011
Official Unholy Crucifix Myspace Page
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