MetalBite Review by Chris on 3/15/2001
Based on polls and all kinds of forums, the most anticipated release of this year is finally here. Was it worth the wait? Imagine lying on the beach next to a gorgeous woman when suddenly gates of hell open, everlasting darkness, total chaos! In front of you, fallen angels rape and murder your hottie and you take the biggest pleasure of your life in a worm bath of her blood. Thatís how good "Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia"
With the additions of the Nick Baker (Cradle Of Filth
) behind the skins and a new guitarist, Galder (Old Mans Child
), this Norwegian combo created an album that will set future standards for the black metal genre. I know this is a very bold statement, but for once PLEASE
forget about all that commercialism, sell out shit-talk and let the music speak for itself.
I guarantee you there is a lot to hear. What Nick is doing behind the drums is unbelievable. The flawless execution of his signature double bass and unholy fast beats can make your body shake in the sickest flailing convulsions. Complimented by former Borknagar
front man, now full-time bassist and backing vocalist Simen Hestnaes, the rhythm section sounds like a wall of slaughter knifes cutting the air with the precision of a Swiss clock using 220V battery.
Vocals on tracks like "Absolute Sole Right
or "Hybrid Stigmata"
range from Shagrath's abrasive behemoth screams to Simenís outstanding Nordic melodic lines which are one of many excellent additions on this epic. Another element worth mentioning is the work of violins. Combined with Mustis' atmospheric synthesizer work, they create a sacrilegiously dark background that compliments the brutal guitar riffing and gives overall feeling of listening to symphonic overtures."Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia"
is more monumental, more melodic and more dynamic than any traditionally played black metal. Saying that they exceeded my boldest expectation would be an understatement. They blew my fucking head off.Bottom Line:
This is music with a capital M
. Simply put, you canít NOT
have this in your collection.Rating: 10
out of 10