Kult Ov Azazel - _Triumph of Fire_
(Pavement Music, 2001)
by: Vincent Eldefors (7 out of 10)
We have grown used to hearing death metal bands pop up one after the other from the Florida swamps, but here we actually have a black metal band from this American paradise. But if Florida is the new Eden, then Kult Ov Azazel is the complete opposite. These guys have decided to play raw and icy cold black metal inspired by the early Norwegian bands. Whether Darkthrone is one of their sources of inspiration I do not know, but if they are, then I'm glad they didn't copy the lousy production. The production was in fact handled by Jeremy Staska, who is also responsible for albums from Malevolent Creation and Hateplow. Nobody is surprised anymore when they hear about American black metal bands, but from now on there is one more quality band to keep track of. Unfortunately, many of the American black metal bands are in some way connected to neo-nazi ideologies which I really despise. I don't know if Kult Ov Azazel are, but I do know that they are capable of composing decent, very intense black metal with savage vocals. Sometimes their music gets a little bit boring and the grim vocals slightly annoying, but there are interesting riffs scattered around. With time, Kult Ov Azazel could grow to become one of the top American acts in this field. The band has only been alive since 1999 and _Triumph of Fire_ is their first label release. A good, solid piece of dark art.

Contact: http://www.kultovazazel.com

(article published 12/8/2001)

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