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DISCIPLES OF MOCKERY
DISCIPLES OF MOCKERY
Prelude To Apocalypse
(Necroharmonic Productions)
53:11min

This re-issue unfortunately is overshadowed by the current activities of mister Craig Pillard in another musical project, which I'm not going to mention here for it is too braindead to be true. Already back when "Prelude To Apocalypse" originally came out he got some negative attention because of some stupid interview statements he made... But instead of focusing on the musical side of things again unfortunately things got even worse these days. Of course the music on offer on this album is still totally great and recalls early INCANTATION pretty often (no surprise if you know that DISCIPLES OF MOCKERY is actually ¾ of the "Onward To Golgotha" line-up, without John McEntee), but the new packaging is nothing but petrol to the flames of negativity surrounding Pillard. Even though it turned out far more professional than the band's self-financed version (which was completely black with only the band's name and album title on it), the use of military stuff is not only completely overused these days, it also totally gives the whole subject an even more controversial attitude. And I'm not too fond on mixing Death Metal with those kinda elements at all anyway, so... Apart from that visual change, the re-issue features three highly interesting, previously unreleased bonus tracks ('Prelude To Absolution', 'An Endless Pursuit For A Satisfying Pain' and 'Literal Upheaval Of The Earth') which got recorded back on September 20, 1999. Musically they are along the same lines as the other DISCIPLES OF MOCKERY stuff, which means partly very doomy and apocalyptic and then again very crushing and brutal Death Metal. The sound is more rough than the actual album recordings and fits the band even better. So, if you focus on the music exclusively here - a fantastic album, which turned out even more exciting now because of the three additional tunes! Label contact: www.necroharmonic.com

Frank Stöver

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