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Dødheimsgard - Supervillain Outcast CD (album) cover




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4.30 | 37 ratings

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4 stars Right now I'm tired, my stomach is filled with fish and I've just taken my drugs (medicine, no illegal bullshit). I believe this was the state in which Dodheimsgard composed Supervillain Outcast. The 8 years that had passed since 1999 till 2007 weren't spent in vain. The band, which as I acknowledge had just formed a new line-up, was fresh and fill with new ideas. The result was beyond anything anyone would have expected of them. 666 International had already marked the new tendency in Dodheimsgard's music but it was Supervillain outcast that carved in stone the new approach. Rooted in the classical black metal, Dodheimsgard cut out many of the raw non-sense and add many electronia (idm, electro-industrial) elements to a harsh but clear melody provided by the guitars, bass and drums. But do not think that what they play is conventional. They are by far experimental with many aggressive songs that are infected with sick industrial samples and factory noise while the vocals oscillate from brutal to clean. The clean vocals keep away from general standards and create innovative melodies that unfortunately do not always give a good impression. However, for the sake of avant-garde, they ruin music at some points like in the song All Is Not Self. Additionally, the lead guitar needs to be credited for making some noisy yet melodic music. Sometimes the second guitar stops playing putting emphasis on the main one.

The best tracks on this record are Vendetta Assassin, The Snuff Dreams Are Made of (really, this one blacks out my mind), Apocalypticism (truly scratches your brains) and 21st Century Devil (a dynamic way of ending a very good album).

To sum up, Dodheimsgard is now not your friendly everyday (pseudo)satanist black metal act like most other extreme metal groups from Norway. They are mature, creative and even complex although NOT in a sense related to PROGRESSIVE ROCK. Nonetheless, this boosts up my expectations for the upcoming release that hopefully will not take eight years to appear.

Zarec | 4/5 |


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