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          Artist  : Watain
          Album   : Lawless Darkness
          Year    : 2010

          Genre   : Black Metal
          Label   : Season of Mist
          Cat.nr  : SOM203D

          Source  : CDDA
          R.date  : 04.06.2010
          Size    : 117,9 MB

          Encoder : LAME 3.97 -V2 --vbr-new
          Bitrate : avg. 206kbps
          Quality : 44,1kHz/Joint-Stereo

          Website : http://www.templeofwatain.com/


          Tracklist:

          01.  Death's Cold Dark                                 05:29
          02.  Malfeitor                                         06:58
          03.  Reaping Death                                     05:08
          04.  Four Thrones                                      06:17
          05.  Wolves Curse                                      09:12
          06.  Lawless Darkness                                  06:09
          07.  Total Funeral                                     06:04
          08.  Hymn to Qayin                                     05:58
          09.  Kiss of Death                                     07:46
          10.  Waters of Ain                                     14:29
          11.  Chains of Death (SS Cover) (bonus)                06:15
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                                                                 79:45


          Release Notes:

          This Angry Metal Guy rips on black metal a lot.
          One of the most overdone and ill-performed genres
          in the history of metal has to be black metal. The
          problem is that when black metal is performed
          poorly by individuals who are not invested in it,
          then black metal is boring, simplistic and
          uninteresting. But when black metal is performed
          with the force and fanaticism of Sweden's very own
          Watain, then it is a force to be reckoned with.
          And finally Lawless Darkness the new full-length
          from this Uppsala/Stockholm, Sweden-based black
          metal act is here and it is a force be reckoned
          with. It harkens back to the days of yore, when
          black metal was new, vile and most importantly,
          dangerous and excellent.

          Entirely honestly, it's hard to write a review for
          a record like this because in the end what
          probably should be said is: it's fucking Watain,
          buy it already. But, of course, if you're out
          looking for a review you might be sitting on the
          fence and then you want a description. Lawless
          Darkness brings the old school back a bit with
          Lawless Darkness. This is not a 200 BPM blast
          album like a lot of modern black metal, where you
          start to lose the extremity due to oversights of
          what makes music heavy and extreme. Instead, there
          is an old school thrash feeling to Lawless
          Darkness that was less apparent on Sworn to the
          Dark. Some people might disagree with me on this,
          but one could argue that these guys had been
          listening to a bit of Sodom and Kreator lately and
          longing for the old days (they're not alone,
          apparently). This is not to say that there aren't
          tracks that are similar to "Sworn to the Dark" or
          "Underneath the Cenotaph", but there is a more
          thrashy feel and the same blasty black metal feel
          isn't the same.

          Lawless Darkness is also a more melodic record
          than Sworn to the Dark or Casus Luciferi as well.
          The guitar solos and the melodies on this album
          stood out for me, in the same way that they stand
          out for a Taake or Tsjuder record. While this
          might make Lawless Darkness more accessible for a
          new group of listeners (which the label probably
          likes), I seriously doubt that was the point. The
          tracks call for the melodies that pop up and the
          guitar solos that rock this album are definitely
          awesome and fit the feel of the record perfectly.
          And while the end of a track like "Kiss of Death"
          definitely calls up Ride the Lightning in its
          execution (usch, what a comparison...), very few
          people would argue that it's awesome and metal as
          fuck.

          So, once again, Lawless Darkness shows Watain as
          being one of the premier (if not the premier)
          black metal band(s) from Sweden. The legions of
          Swedish black metal are pretty thick, but
          listening to an album like this just puts into
          sharp perspective how black metal is to be
          executed. If you have any questions, just send
          them to the guys from Watain. Tracks like "Four
          Thrones" ("Hail Lucifer!") and the huge epic
          "Waters of Ain" just cement that for me as a
          listener. I'm not sure whether or not I can say
          that this record is better than Sworn to the Dark
          and Casus Luciferi (I think many fans would say
          no), but I suspect that for many fans of black
          metal Watain's newest opus will still top the 2010
          list of favorites.

          --
          http://www.angrymetalguy.com/watain-lawless-darkness-review/

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