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Tangorodrim: Justus Ex Fide Vivit

If you listen to the latest from Israel's Tangorodrim Justus Ex Fide Vivit and think you are hearing some sort of bizarre marriage between cold Darthrone/Mayhem styled black metal and the avant-garde, mind-numbing sounds of early Hellhammer or Celtic Frost, then I'm totally with you and your probably not too far off. This sequel to 2005's Unholy and Unlimited is indeed raw, racuous, and rowdy thrashy black metal, complete with raging guitars, manic blasts, and agonizing vocal shrieks & grunts. The duo of Terno Graderz (drums, ex-Rabies Castro) and Larenuf (guitars, vocals) manage to pull of some impressive pounding here, as their so-called 'alcohol fueled black metal' at times also hints at the punkish brutality of early Venom. The six songs here clock in at under a half hour, so Justus Ex Fide Vivit comes across more like an EP, but it's well worth the ride nonetheless. Tracks like "The Wolves Are Also Coming", "No Light", and the title track alternate between blistering black metal rave-ups to sludge ridden, punky/doomy dirges. It ain't pretty, at times quite ugly, but the end result is a sweaty good time that shows that black metal is alive and well in Israel.


Track Listing
1) When Heirs of the Horned Shamelessly Attack
2) No Light
3) Cold Flame of Death
4) The Wolves Are Also Coming
5) Justus Ex Fide Vivit
6) Without Eyes and Anything Above

Added: September 27th 2007
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
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Tangorodrim: Justus Ex Fide Vivit
Posted by Hugh Dark, SoT Staff Writer on 2007-09-27 08:02:49
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Tangorodrim (meaning "Mountains of Oppression") are a primitive and raw black metal band --of only 2 members-- from Israel; distinctly lo-fidelty in terms of their musical and overall production approach. Gathering influences from early practitioners of the dark art (Darkthrone and Hellhammer), they create quite an unsettling sound. You could liken them to a dirty dog with rabies living out his last days in a withered, maniacal rage. There are 6 songs delivered in a scant 28 minutes and it seems as though this is categorized as a full-length release (their 4th in 7 years). Many songs start out with noisy, back-firing, feedback-laden guitars and typically end just as abruptly as they began cueing the entrance of the next track. The vocals kind of vomit the words out in a moaning, pseudo-pain-approach brought on by numerous pints of "the drink" and the "hang-over effect" being their most sincere inspiration. In all, you can't help but enjoy the damn thing. Everything involved is stripped of any pretension and the overall picture is a "Scared Straight" program for those piling on the felonies, and struggling with too much alcohol and Satan!!



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