Vol I did: the songs are structured oddly, meaning the progression that Quorthon's music underwent is lost.
As before, there are some rare and previously unreleased tracks to ensure existing fans double-dip for content they already have. If the music wasn't so damn good I’d be hating on this heavily but I can’t score it any less than it deserves. At least Black Mark ended the album with the Twilight of the Gods (1991) material; it works better that way.
Songs of Note: The Return of the Darkness and Evil; One Rode to Asa Bay
4 trips to foreign shores out of 5
Thursday, August 15, 2013
Peter Steele knew that you don’t need to sacrifice melody to add distortion, and while the guitar sound hasn't changed (it still conjures images of an angry wasp on morphine, with a tiny shiv) it’s broken up occasionally with lighter moments. The humour is still there, too.
It’s an album that takes time to fully appreciate. If I’d rated it when it came out, I’d have scored it lower, but it has characteristics that improve with age, like barrelled whisky.
It would've benefited from being shorter but happily there’s none of the usual filler between tracks to drag the overall experience down (the trip to Mockingbird Lane doesn't count because it’s great).
Songs of Note: I Don't Wanna Be Me; Angry Inch
3½ celebratory mourns out of 5
Songs of Note: A Lil' Ole Bitty Pissant Country Place; Sneakin' Around
3 wipes with soap and water out of 5