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4 stars After Songs of Gods and Demons I've realized that rejected Lustmord tracks sound just like the Lustmord tracks found on previous albums. This Songs of Gods and Demons album is a collection of previously unreleased tracks by Lustmord, and you wouldn't know it unless someone told you. With this album, you get the Lustmord norm: dark, brooding, droning blackess from the darkest regions of Hell. Very atmospheric of any place that you definitely would never want to be, ever. Since that is what is expected from Lustmord, I'd have to say this album is pretty good. There isn't much reason for going into the tracks besides saying that they all sound empty and terrifying, with black ambience, occasional faint screams, slamming and booming of whatever-objects, and growling drones that hunger for souls.

The two last and shortest tracks are my personal favorite, the other tracks being long and uneventful. "Haze" starts out on a beautiful synthesized choir until this sound is slowly overtaken by a hollow black void of abominable drones, and after the half-way point there is an eerie and loud booming/scraping sound that almost sounds like a giant door opening and closing, accompanied by faint screams and moans of ghosts.

If you've ever played "Turok 2: Seeds of Evil" on the N64, then I can easily explain "Vault" as sounding like one of the more tribal-like tracks from that soundtrack. Honestly, this track is kind of cheesy in an overly-epic kind of way, forcing me to understand why it was previously unreleased. This is what the soundtrack for The Descent would've sound like if it starred Sylvester Stallone and Dolph Lundgren, directed by Michael Bay. But, really, it's good in an odd kind of way. After this album being so dark and serious, this oddity of confusing epicness comes off as strangely fresh and unique.

I'd definitely recommend this to the serious Lustmord fan, but probably nobody else. It is, however, highly recommended by me. I enjoyed it quite a bit, especially the last two tracks.

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Posted Saturday, April 30, 2011 | Review Permalink

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