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Jens Rydén

Marduk, Rotting Christ, Carach Angren, Necronomicon 18+ Early Warnings (Music) Recommended Soundboard

When: Sun., Sept. 11, 7 p.m. 2016
Price: $28, $25 in advance
This quarter-century-old Swedish black-metal institution observe their 12th year with great front man Mortuus, who can also be heard in Funeral Mist and Triumphator under the name Arioch—because he’s got enough growl in his pipes for three bands. You know that any Marduk album is going to be filthy and blasphemous; the only question is in what way. Their previous two full-lengths, 2009’s Wormwood and 2012’s Serpent Sermon, emphasize the satanic/occult angle they helped invent for the genre while blasting through spiritual horror so ugly it comes all the way around again to twisted beauty. Last year’s Frontschwein returns to a subject not visited quite so heavily since 1999’s pre-Mortuus album Panzer Division Marduk, and it’s one likely more upsetting to the secularly minded: the Wehrmacht. If Mortuus isn’t enthralled with this theme, however, you can’t tell from his or the band’s performance. Maybe the album doesn’t reach Marduk’s peak mayhem or maintain peak intensity, but “Rope of Regret” and “503” are dense, dark standouts, and “Doomsday Elite” has some jaw-dropping moments regardless of its eight-minute length.
— Monica Kendrick



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