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Songs / Tracks Listing

1. The Prophecy (1:22)
2. Bloodsoaked Overture (2:08)
3. Remembering Pagan Origins (0:29)
4. The Rising of Our Tribe (5:02)
5. Medieval Echoes (1:01)
6. Emptiness / Menschenfeind / Untamed Devastation (5:52)
7. ...To the Final Strike (0:51)
8. Battlefield Orphans (3:25)
9. The Soft and Last Sleep (0:40)
10. Severance (3:12)
11. Langsam verhallte des Lebens Schmerz (0:30)

Total Time 24:32

Line-up / Musicians

- Peter Kubik / Guitar, bass
- Thomas Tannenberger / Drums
- Silenius / Vocals

- Herbert Jandl / flute and narration
- Rune / keyboard on tracks 3, 7 & 9
- Norbert Müllner / growls

Releases information

EP released through Napalm Records on the 1st of March 1995.
Produced & mixed by Georg Hrauda & Abigor at Tonstudio Hörnix (17, 26 & 30/11 &5/12/1994).
Music and lyrics by Abigor.

Re-released in 2004 by Napalm Records including the album "Nachthymnen"
Re-issued as LP / picture disc in 2006 by Chaos Sacrum Records limited to 500 copies, first 100 on black/white splatter vinyl and different cover artwork.

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Review by Conor Fynes
3 stars 'Orkblut - The Retaliation' - Abigor (6/10)

Caught in between the dedication necessary to come out with another full-length, and the quick one-take demos they had done so many of, Abigor released 'Orkblut - The Retaliation', a mini- CD that met some acclaim and success when it was released in 1995. Although being little more than twenty minutes long, a similar quality to that which Abigor would employ on their full- lengths is here, making the album a good, condensed equivalent to a typical forty minute journey with the band. Abigor do not innovate much here, but there are enough fresh and exciting ideas woven into their traditional style to make 'Orkblut' stand as an engaging listen to this day.

Most notable of a sound for this band are their use of flutes throughout the EP. Split into a number of smaller interlude tracks, flutist Rune adds a tranquil, arboreal tinge to what is otherwise a fairly dark piece of melodic black metal. With half of the songs on the album being over within a minute, there is the sense that 'Orkblut' is meant to be listened to from start to finish, and in that respect, it works quite well. Abigor have created an interesting sense of flow for their music. Emperor would be a good comparison for the black metal sound of Abigor; although maintaining a dark atmosphere throughout their music, Abigor are able to weave some nice melodies into it, through use of guitar. The melodies are not particularly memorable, but they are a nice contrast to what would otherwise be a pure descent into darkness.

'Orkblut' is one of the band's first truly good releases, and they would get better from here. Abigor don't have the same innovative awe as a band like Emperor or Mayhem, but this Austrian act commands a similar sort of power in their music. 'Orkblut' is not an excellent album, but at last, their talent as musicians is finally able to shine through.

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2 stars Old style black metal....... ......but with some nice little tweaks. 1995 was the year when black metal really started to branch out into symphonic, electro and progressive rock. This album is either one of the forerunners of this trend or it is just following a trend set by others. If my me ... (read more)

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