Long-awaited second album by Czech Republic's Death / Black Metal horde AVENGER! Currently featuring MANIAC BUTCHER / BLACK RAIN guitarist Petr Ramus Mecak. Killer melodic, yet ragingly brutal BM darkness in the atmospheric vein of DISSECTION, with the racing speed of MANIAC BUTCHER / DARK STORM (yes, check out the photo of band-member with his cult Dark Storm T-shirt), and the exotic technicality of NEGURA BUNGET or MELECHESH!
8 Songs; 40 minutes of grimly intense AVENGER! From Deathgasm Records, USA! (Previous AVENGER albums were released on Breath of Night, JUDAS ISCARIOT's label cult BM label.)
1. Behind the Gates (6:06)
2. Banished from Paradise (3:47)
3. In Chains (3:39)
4. Evil, Hate, War (7:01)
5. Pope Crucified (4:29)
6. Call of Battle (5:05)
7. Captives of the Nightside (4:57)
8. Opus 666 (3:41)
* Excerpts from a review found online at Metal Archives:
"Everything about this album is great. All the riffs are well constructed, well placed, and very memorable. The solos are some of the best I've ever heard. Rather than just being your typical wank-fest, the solos come out of the music, and are a part of it, instead of distracting you from the rest of what's going on. The drumming is intense, and very complex, though you won't notice it if you're only transiently listening. If you actually sit there and take the time to listen to what is being played, it will blow your mind. I absolutely love these ghost snare hits that get thrown into rolls, as well as the dynamics used, which is something you rarely see in metal drummers. The vocals are just as awesome as the music...
"The production quality on this album is perfect. It's got a warm kind of feel too it, with some slight reverb on the drums and a darker tone. You can hear and tell what is going on quite clearly, but it isn't at all crisp. It is kind of like, instead of all the parts trying to sound cool and catchy, and line up, they're all different, and unique. They fit well together, but they don't exactly follow each other. The best way I can describe it in comparison to most music, it is more organic and less machine-like. Anything done on this album could not possibly work any other way.
I recommend this album to anybody who is just checking this band out for the first time." -- anathematized_one * Score = 98%