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The Suns of Perdition - Chapter I: War, Horrid War

by Panzerfaust

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Brian3737
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Brian3737 This is my favorite drum performance on a black metal album in 2019 so far. Definitely it will be in my top 10 or 20 albums this year. It’s a masterpiece that probably surpasses their last one. Favorite track: Stalingrad, Massengrab.
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Steven Aanonson 2016's The Lucifer Principle blindsided me with a blistering adrenaline rush that left me eager for a follow-up. Thankfully, Panzerfaust is far from finished with exceeding my expectations. In an age of easy access to the murky well of black metal, Suns of Perdition leaves a lasting impression. Favorite track: Stalingrad, Massengrab.
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Ippocalyptica I have said it before, and I suspect that I will say it many times over before 2019 is over, but this has been quite the banner year for black metal, the best that I can remember in a very long time. Panzerfaust joins the party from out of nowhere with this magnificently-executed black metal masterclass, each song quite distinct from each other and with significant dynamic shifts within and between songs, yet still very cohesive and unified by underlying motifs centred around the savagery of war. Simple comparators do not come to mind (though Kriegsmaschine is one), because even though many bands make music with war as a central theme, Panzerfaust have crafted something truly unique here. Instrumental proficiency is very high but this never flirts with ostentation, and the vocals are equally impressive because they excel in all of the ranges that are presented (clean, raspy, and outright harsh, but on the lower end as opposed to the high-pitched shrieks of most black metal). Whether they are blasting away at light speed (about half of the time) or crushing you slowly (especially on the epic final track), they demonstrate compelling song craft that continuously reveals nuances with multiple listens. This one was a surprise, but an exceedingly pleasant one. Favorite track: The Decapitator's Prayer.
meduson
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meduson Eerie, depressing and dark!
But also fast and brutal,
it's an album about war that sounds like war... Favorite track: The Day After 'Trinity'.
aposthel
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aposthel An industrially pulsating soundtrack to the massgraves of the twentieth century. Favorite track: Stalingrad, Massengrab.
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The Suns of Perdition I: War, Horrid War is a vicious and abrasive ride straight to the pits of inhumanity. This first chapter of the band's tetralogy examines the malign episodes of this past century, shining a light on difficult subject matter using a begrimed philosophical lens. The resulting synthesis is what George Orwell once described as [a vision of the future] “a boot stamping on a human face forever.”

credits

released June 14, 2019

All music written and performed by Panzerfaust, all lyrics written by Brock 'Kaizer‘ Van Dijk unless otherwise noted.

Produced by Greg Dawson at BWC Studios in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Mastered by Sergei Lazar at CDM Records in Moscow, Russia. Bass on this album recorded by Jon Ferreira.

Cover Artwork and design by Alejandro Tedin of Heresie Graphics, layout by Valkenstijn.

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