Tsjuder - _Kill for Satan_
(Drakkar Productions, 2000)
by: Alvin Wee (8 out of 10)
Despite their notoriety for horrendous service and laissez-faire attitudes, Drakkar Productions has an admittedly uncanny knack for signing quality bands. After stirring up more than a buzz in the underground, Nordic blacksters Tsjuder finally show up on the French label with an impressive debut. Touted as "Chainsaw Black Metal" (with "an Isvind member"), _Kill for Satan_ effectively ignores the recent descent of Norwegian black metal into techno/industrial hybrids, recalling instead the glory days of "true" raw black metal. Nothing less than a full-on assault of flesh-ripping riffs and sulphurous, Immortal-style shrieks, _KfS_ reeks of _Diabolical Fullmoon Mysticism_ spirit; in the true Norwegian style of old, chainsaw-wielders Draugluin and Co. belch up a packed 31 minutes of harsh, unmelodic hellfire and brimstone. Nothing too spectacular considering the mid-nineties' deluge of such bands, but in today's scene, such an album takes on a far greater significance in upholding the traditions of primitive, no-nonsense black metal. Die-hards missing the good old days where a single keyboard note was anathema will enjoy this blast from the past, and progression probably isn't in this quartet's dictionary at all. Still, with the incredible tightness and intensity on offer here, this makes for one helluva listen in between all the symphonic kitsch.

Contact: drakkar2@wanadoo.fr ($18)

(article published 13/3/2001)

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