Friday, March 7, 2014

Angel Reaper - "Exhumált Világ" [1992]

Artist: Angel Reaper
Title: Exhumált Világ
Genre: Proto-Black/Thrash Metal
Country: Hungary
Year: 1992

Track List:
  1. Exhumált Világ
  2. Élve Eltemetve
  3. A Halál Határán
  4. Reinkarnáció
  5. Nukleáris Pusztulás
  6. A Kéj Birodalma
  7. A Brutális Gyilkosság
  8. Vérengző Evolúció
Speaking of experimental Hungarian black metal, here's a very early example of said music. Surely the quality of recording is horrible (no more horrible than on many other classic 1st-wave black metal demos, though) - but this is a rare example of a raw black metal release that truly carries the atmosphere of insanity and apocalypse, and not just claimed to be "bestial", "misanthropic" or whatnot. As I already have said before, not a lot of "true" black metal albums do it for me: "Deathcrush" and "De Mysteriis..." by Mayhem, "The Blood Must Be Shed" by Zyklon-B, this one, and not much else (maybe Abu Lahab also should be mentioned, even if his music has little in common with black metal). That was the main reason why I decided to post this demo instead of the earlier one, "A Végzet Utolér" (1989). "A Végzet Utolér" sounds more interesting and not monotonous as this one, but the atmosphere on "Exhumált Világ" is much gloomier and unsettling.

Angel Reaper is often referred to as "the Hungarian Bathory", and while their music indeed sounds similar to the first two albums of Bathory, for some reason they remind me more of early Nord'N'Commander with their specific "blackened metal" sound. ...And yes, both Angel Reaper and N'N'C have espoused some questionable ideologies, but I don't think it's that big of a problem.

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