Marduk – Viktoria
First of all I must admit that when it comes to the really classic black metal-bands Marduk is among the ones I’ve listened the least to. I’ve always liked them okay, but never gotten around to really listening activly to them. But their incredibly brutal and fast music has always been a vital part of the black metal movement, and their fourteenth album Viktoria is their is no way near of slowing down the intensity in the bands music.
Viktoria contains nine songs. They are short, effective and shoots you right in the face with their blasting brutality, which proves that Marduk can still deliver raw and tough black metal in the darkest way possible. Still, the album as a whole is not really that much of a bewildering experience. I like the songs fine, but rarely find myself really loving any of them. It sure is nice to be swept away by the gruesome opening Werewolf, being taken to the battlefields in the powerful Narva, or captured by the black magic of the slowly moving closing track Silent Night. But overall, Viktoria remains a good album, and not a great one.
This years started out magnificent for the black metal scene, with Watains gruesome Trident Wolf Eclipse and Tribulations majestic masterwork Down Below, two albums that both feel like pop albums compared to Marduks brutal inferno. Viktoria adds itself to the list with its raw attitude and brutal force. The songs could be more memorable and the sound somewhat more atmospheric, but still, it works okay. If you’re a fan, you won’t be disappointed.
Label: Century Media
Date of release: 22/6-18
Stand out track: Silent Night