Niden Div. 187 - _Towards Judgement_
(Necropolis, 1996)
by: Drew Snow (8 out of 10)
No atmospheric synth intro. No folk-influenced acoustic breaks. No majestic female vocals. Just straight, brutal, lightning-speed black death metal from Sweden. According to the Necropolis web page, "The release is a complete FUCK OFF to the politically correct system that enslaves society and the metal scene." And it's difficult to deny them. Niden Div. 187 is just no-nonsense, no frills, aggressive metal played at breakneck speeds. This stuff can virtually cause brain damage if played too loudly for too long. Vocalist Henke Forss takes a break from his main commitment, Dawn, long enough to perform the vocals on this short MCD, and they are his characteristic tortured but subdued scream. The guitars aren't anything spectacular but they get the job done, with the usual Swedish sound to them, a bit similar to Marduk in that respect. The drums are the best part of this album, as they are extremely fast and extremely -tight-, and placed perfectly in the mix. If you woke up this morning with a yearning for something that totally scorned all of today's trends, -and- will bust your speakers, this is your ticket.

(article published 2/1/1997)

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