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SAMMATH
SAMMATH
Strijd
(Macabre Operetta Productions)
31:51min

This output is part of an extensive compilation I was given by my boss - all hails Lord Stöver. This compilation comprises the acoustic abominations of five Black Metal outfits (namely SAMMATH, HELL ICON, THE REBELLION / THRONEUM - these two latter acts present their material in form of a split release - and SAURON) released by Macabre Operetta Productions from the Netherlands. SAMMATH are responsible for the first six entities on this CD. The other reviews are allocated to the according alphabetic categories on this site. So - let's switch over to SAMMATH then. I must say that I kind of appreciate their sound. The material presented goes back to 1998 and were originally put out by Folter Records / Germany. Apparently, the vocals yelled forth here are Dutch, which is nice and guarantees a harsh and stern sounding characteristic of this component - very aggressive and loathsome singer. The guitars are really old school, thus, very raw and aggressive. The way Black Metal is supposed to sound like - old, traditional Norwegian style I guess. The drums sound like thunderbolts - my impression of this element is similar to the aforementioned one concerning the guitars. All this sounds extremely authentic and old school. The bass rounds the whole thing off. Then there are icy guitar solos every now and then... like old MayEM, DARKTHRONE, ULVER. Gosh - I am chilly already. The most intriguing element in SAMMATH's sound are - in my eyes - the uncanny keyboards. Sometimes they sound a bit garish or cheesy... but most of the time they really add an extra-evil note... especially the organ in the first track 'De Glorie Van Het Slagvelt' (guess what this means...). This record will certainly lead you back in time and you feel like in the olden days of primitive, black and hateful Black Metal. Contact: www.macabreoperetta.com

F. Cthulhu E.

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