Liar of Golgotha - _Ancient Wars_
(Mascot, 2000)
by: Paul Schwarz (6 out of 10)
It's always a pity when you hear a band who have their shit together as far as playing and composing goes, and even go to the point of producing some rather decent promo shots of themselves, but yet there is something undeniably useless about their music. It's not that it's quite -bad-, it's just that there is nothing you really have any need of listening to; you could get more joy of -exactly- the same kind, out of another release. Boiling it down, _Ancient Wars_'s main problem is that you could probably pass it off as Dimmu Borgir's discarded demos. With accompanying symphonic and acoustic elements prettying up their music as typically as the corpse-paint they have so meticulously applied for their aforementioned promo photos does their faces, Liar of Golgotha give us forty-two minutes of distinctly sugary and somewhat overdone, black(ish) metal, and a poor cover of "Piranha" (Exodus) for our additional delectation. And I have the distinct feeling that I used to own at least one record that sounded like this, but I can't seem to find any in my collection right now, funny that.

(article published 25/5/2000)


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