|Samael / Above|
|Label:||Nuclear Blast America|
|Add Date:||2009-03-22||Pull Date:||2009-05-24||Charts:||Loud|
|Week Ending:||26 Apr||12 Apr|
|1.||Apr 22, 2009:||public noize racket |
|2.||Apr 09, 2009:||Connecting Dots |
Under One Flag
|Ragnar of Ravensfjord|
Modern pummeling Black Metal from Switzerland. Fast, bombastic but clean enough to make it sound modern. It’s one of those “return to the roots” things but considering their faux-Rammenstein efforts up to now, this is a fine return. Samael’s been around since the late 80’s and were in the background of the 2nd wave of BM. Overall VERY solid playing on nearly song even the few that aren’t all “there. |
((((1)))) Driving, Blackish Metal with sputtering drumming/industrial-like percussion that builds up into a nice epic feeling. VERY Metal chorus, too.
(((((2))))) Thrashin’, basic-blasting BM awesome-ness. Great vocal cadence in the chorus. Not far from recent Nachtmystium.
((((3))) (FCC says he sings “fuck” but comes out like “fonk” or even “quak”) Big build up, tremolo riffs, bombastic, vocal/guitar based with a lot of “hey-hey”-s.
(((4))) Mid-paced yet battering and bassy more hints of electro-industrial but then blasts out around 2 min mark.
(((5))) Great guitar tone and drumming, but a little too repetitive.
((((6))))) Blasting modern BM, growlin’ vocals, tempo feelings like its forever spinning off its own vicious cycle. Cool proggy keyboard solo at 1:30-1:53.
(((7))) Sharp riff invoking traditional heavy metal dragged through the modern (dark) age. Decent attempt but overall nothing too special.
(((((8))))) Blasting, bombastic BM ‘ala Saytricon on “Rebel Extravagazna”), some rad bass work, too.
(((9))) Decent but typical, modern, mid-paced BM.
(((((10))))) Rather good Black/Thrash and modern extreme metal. Very catchy and infectious. Though I wish they’d pull off a straight Black/Thrash tune.
((11)) So-so at best, Industrial re-mix of #6. Bonus track, pretty chee-zee.
|1.||Under One Flag||6.||Black Hole|
|2.||Virtual War||7.||In There|
|4.||Earth Country||9.||God's Snake|
|5.||Illumination||10.||On The Top Of It All|