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War! Speed And Power
(AreaDeath Productions)

The Chinese label AreaDeath Productions is quite busy in the moment (re-)releasing stuff of Japans cult one-man Black Metal band BARBATOS of Yasuyuki Suzuki of ABIGAIL fame. This time, we have a re-release of their (or better: his) first album, epicly titled: "War! Speed And Power". Compared to the recently released live album "Street Metal Gig At Ikebukuro", this first offer of BARBATOS is even more Punk! The original release featured nine thrashing Black Metal Punk anthems like the furious 'War Metal War' (my fave here), 'Alcohol Soldiers' (short and rabid) and the very much Crust Punk influenced 'No More Censor' (sic!). Definitely no sounds for lovers of musical craftmanship, but for those, who like it simple and furious. Imagine bands like BEWITCHED or INFERNÖ with a distinct Punk attitude, you might have an idea how "War! Speed And Power" sounds. As far as my information goes, Mr. Suzuki did everything himself, so you shouldn't expect too much technical skills either... The original release also featured two extra tracks from a hard to get split 7" (a little more thrashy) and an experimental electronic track called 'World War 2', taken from BARBATOS' first 4-track demo "The Road To Stalingrad 1942", which was quite confusing in the context of the rest of the album. The re-release features the other three tracks from this demo as a bonus, so we have some more experimental (and strange) stuff here. Just listen to the midtempo-stomper 'Deutsche Geheimwaffen' with a sample of the German national anthem in the middle part or the Black Metal meets Noise experiment 'Count Barbatos'. Aside from this strange stuff, I can only advise you to check this record out, if you are into straight, banging stuff. Just go to: or visit the label site:

Thomas Meyer

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