Marduk - _Live in Germania_
(Osmose Productions, 1997)
by: Steve Hoeltzel (8 out of 10)
The idea of black metal concert albums seems sort of weird to me, given black metal's supposedly clandestine and anti-social spirit. Thus, I was a little bit dubious about _Live in Germania_ before I actually listened to it. But now, I must say, I'm highly impressed by this. For one thing, the performances and production are both totally solid. The band blasts and thunders skillfully through just under an hour's worth of material, and the recording strikes a nice balance of clarity, power, and tangible live electricity. The song selection covers a good mix of new and old material, and it's especially cool to hear great old songs like "Wolves" and "On Darkened Wings" injected with extra on-stage intensity. ("Wolves" simply kills.) They even perform "The Black Goat..." from their notorious demo. In addition to these tracks, there are three songs from _Opus Nocturne_ and five from _Heaven Shall Burn_, while a cover of the Destruction classic "Total Desaster" closes out the album with a blast of pure, ass-kicking energy. The songs are nicely sequenced, too, with slower numbers like "Materialized in Stone" and "Draculi Va Domni..." providing contrast with the more hell-paced stuff. They may not be one of the most innovative bands in the black metal scene, but as this worthy recording demonstrates yet again, Marduk is definitely one of the most unrelentingly intense. Impressive.

(article published 8/12/1997)


CHATS
11/4/2009 J Smit Marduk: Unholy Blasphemies
1/31/2008 J Smit Marduk: Echoes of Decimation
6/10/2007 J Smit Marduk: Hosannas From the Basement of Hell
11/29/2004 J Smit Marduk: The Plague Rages On
3/14/1999 D Rocher Marduk: Far Beyond the Grace of God
ALBUMS
7/1/2012 J Carbon 7.5 Marduk - Serpent Sermon
6/26/2011 J Carbon 6.5 Marduk - Iron Dawn
10/24/2009 J Ulrey 8.5 Marduk - Wormwood
5/1/2007 J Smit 9.5 Marduk - Rom 5:12
11/29/2004 J Smit 8.5 Marduk - Plague Angel
5/13/2001 M Noll 8 Marduk - La Grande Danse Macabre
8/12/1999 D Rocher 9 Marduk - Panzer Division Marduk
4/13/1998 S Hoeltzel 7.5 Marduk - Nightwing
10/11/1996 S Hoeltzel 8 Marduk - Glorification
10/11/1996 S Hoeltzel 9 Marduk - Heaven Shall Burn When We Are Gathered
GIGS
12/2/2007 J Smit Marduk / Vreid A Doomsday Celebration
5/13/2001 M Noll Marduk / Mortician / Vader / God Dethroned / Amon Amarth / Mystic Circle / Sinister / ...And Oceans / Bal Sagoth Baptized by Fire and Beer
8/12/2000 M Noll Deicide / Immortal / Cannibal Corpse / Marduk / Vader / Dark Funeral / Hate Eternal / Vomitory There's No Mercy in Satan's Oven
1/15/2000 P Azevedo Marduk / Angelcorpse / Enthroned Night of the Living Corpses
1/15/2000 M Noll Cannibal Corpse / Marduk / Angelcorpse / Aeternus / Defleshed Two Corpses, One God and No Flesh
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