Wurdulak - _Ceremony in Flames_
(Baphomet / Housecore Records, 2001)
by: Aaron McKay (8 out of 10)
I refuse to apologize for loving this virtual "who's who" of extreme metal. Wurdulak is a death and black metal lover's dream. Fug (Soul Forsaken), Frediablo (Gorelord) and Ihizahg (Perished) twine together a pattern of blackness so extravagant it necessitates the combination of insipidly wicked layered vocals rooted in the works of Killjoy (Necrophagia / Viking Crown) and Maniac (ex-Mayhem) to further extenuate the extremity of Wurdulak's style. Beauty fails to exist here; only torment and systematic persecution remain. Wurdulak is evil extraordinaire. Choppy riffs of an immeasurable magnitude rip unceremoniously from beginning to end on _Ceremony in Flames_. Highly developed passages of unimpaired low end, drums and guitar interplay constitute a healthy portion of Wurdulak's collusion. Ultimately finishing up the album's eight tracks of havoc is "Gospels of Depravity", complete with lyrics by Maniac -- my favorite cut off of _Ceremony in Flames_. While the entire effort is more than worth your time and money, this song in particular will have your cash in hand already for Wurdulak's next release in 2002. And they say nuns have no fun...

[Matthias Noll: "All hail the mighty Heavy Metal riff! _CiF_ is based on the wicked groove of Celtic Frost without copying their trademark guitar work and sound. Metallic to the bone, straightforwardness and simplicity prevail here. Sounding suspiciously close to the only released Eibon track, this is another nail into the already more than well-sealed coffin of once true Norwegian black metal. I'm already afraid of the next pan continental collaborations to come. A "featuring Burton C. Bell" sticker on the next Carpathian Forest, maybe? Still, this is highly enjoyable once the music does the talking."]

[Paul Schwarz: "Not as embarrassingly desperately seeking "necro" points as labelmates Gorelord, Wurdulak use Celtic Frost as the basis for the mostly-groovy, sometimes-blasting retro-necro black metal sound they present with their debut album, _Ceremony in Flames_. Their sincerity and probable longevity are certainly questionable, but Wurdulak have nonetheless made a good album in _CiF_ -- even if it is a sonically shallow and musically unoriginal album."]

(article published 12/4/2002)

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