(I Hate Records)
To me MAYHEMIC TRUTH always used to be one of the best, if not THE best German Black Metal act ever! And even though the members continued on in MORRIGAN after the split-up, the classic MAYHEMIC TRUTH material always remained really special to me. So, I was really pleased when Iron Pegasus Records put out the "In Memoriam" compilation album back in 1999, which featured MAYHEMIC TRUTH's excellent 1996 demo along with the also hard to find "Cythraw" 7" EP. For some reason the band wasn't really pleased with the way this release turned out and ended their cooperation with the label, so that the album's availability became a little difficult over the past years. But Sweden's I Hate Records finally changes this situation now as they took over the whole project and even added four additional songs to their re-release, which means that next to the aforementioned material you're also getting the band's complete "Promotape '94" as well now. The layout got changed quite a bit as well: parts of it for the better, but also parts for the worse I must say. What I really appreciate is the fact that you're getting detailed information about all of the three featured releases now, including pictures of the original coverart. There's three different, individual pics within the booklet (including one of their former bass player Lilith) as well as a bandpicture on the flipside of the traycard, behind the CD in the crystal clear box. The thanx list got changed as well (it is kinda similar to the one in the new MORRIGAN CD), but all of that is not a big deal. What unfortunately turned out worse than on the original version is the actual frontcover art... I Hate Records did use the same picture for it, but the overall quality of it has suffered quite a lot, probably due to the lack of the original. While it originally presented us a stonehenge type silhouette in front of a yellow / orange glowing sky, the repro of it became kinda blurry, darker and more red now. The big black frame around it (which was also used as the background for the logo) doesn't really increase the whole look in a positive way either. So, a completely different cover picture / art would probably have been a more satisfying solution here. But anyway, the music's still killer and should easily please everyone of you outthere, who enjoys a perfect mixture of the epic BATHORY period, with an overall more dominant Black Metal grimness to it. Considering the timeless qualities of the band I certainly wouldn't mind a volume 2 of this, with 1993's "Son Of Dawn" demo and the "1992 - 1994 / RIP" recordings compiled... For all further info head to ihaterecords.cjb.net or www.morrigan.org.