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Nazxul: Iconoclast

Australia's own Nazxul saw its creation dating back to the creation of the origin of Black Metal. The band members were, and still remain, unidentified. This band had seemingly ceased their operation in the early 2000, and they are back to life with this new, 14 tracks, full length.

Every odd numbered compositions, starting with the opener up to track #9, are in fact dark/ ambient/ electronics & keyboard driven instrumentals. Then on spot #11, "Oath (Fides Resurrection)" begins like the other odd ones, but at 1:31 into the composition, turn into a song. Closing track is also an ambient piece. That resumes half of this album. As for the songs themselves, they mostly are of the melodic/ symphonic, blast beat festival type. Nothing bad, but this album is a bit redundant after a while. The keyboards are omnipresent, giving a dark ambience and symphonic edge to their work. This is pretty nice as such, although the guitar work was given a background role and remains mostly buried in the mix, alas. The discrete rasps are ghostly and right where they should be, which is much appreciated. Most of their work is of an ambient /symphonic nature. This is a good album although lacking in the variation department.

While there are no bad tracks, none are outstanding either. I enjoyed some of the compositions a bit more than the rest. The winners are: "Black Wings", "Symbol of Night & Winter (Ancient Lord)". And "World of Oblivion".

Track Listing
1 - Apoptosis
2 - Dragon Dispitous
3 - III
4 - Black Wings
5 - V
6 - Iconoclast
7 - I
8 - Set in Array
9 - II
10 - Symbol of Night & Winter (Ancient Lords)
11 - Oath (Fides Resurrectio)
12 - Stain of Harrow
13 - World Oblivion
14 - Threnody

Added: October 30th 2009
Reviewer: Denis Brunelle
Related Link: Band's MySpace Page
Hits: 1978
Language: english

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