Mord and Nocturnal…Posted on Monday, March 27th, 2006 @ 9:50am » permalink
It seems that Southern Lord is carrying on in their lean towards black metal (which I hope continues) with the release of Mord's "Christendom Perished". I don't know much about this Norwegian duo, but I think this is their first full-length, and they crank out the style of raging black metal that I enjoy, so I'm all for it. They add in a bit more of a buzzing bite to the guitar tone than a lot of the black metal I've encountered lately (though somehow making it sound tolerable), and I'd say they've got a slightly crisper sounding mix as well. From a writing standpoint these two tend to switch up the riffs a little more often than many bands of this nature, and it's been said there's a death metal influence going on here. I guess I could see that at times, but barely, and it'd be the type of death metal that's generally fast anyway, so there's plenty of overlap that shouldn't strip them of their relatively "true" nature, if you know what I mean. The tracks segue into one another with quick little ambient/industrial soundscapes, and on rare occasion some of those clattering textures will seep into the songs themselves – adding a hint more to the chaotic edge of the material, which is generally driven more by the frenzied vocal performance than the speedy riffing. The songs are titled simply "Opus I" through "Opus IX" (Which I'm guessing should actually be "Opus VIII" since there are only eight tracks!?) and no lyrics are included, but one must assume from the album title that the lyrics cover the black metal standards… they do, after all, make use of the obligatory pentagram and inverted cross in their logo, heh.
You know the drill. If you like the tunes, buy the damn disc: