Saturday, September 17, 2016

Izakaron - "Chaoschrist" [2000]

Artist: Izakaron
Title: Chaoschrist
Genre: Symphonic Black Metal
Country: Russia
Year: 2000

Track List:
  1. Hunting On Troyan Path
  2. Aphrodite Of Hatred
  3. Woods Of Thy Might
  4. Thou Art Incarnated Souls
  5. The Origin
  6. I Am Of The Serpent
  7. The Profound
  8. Cold Kingdom
  9. Benighted / At The 9th Gate
Surprisingly good symphonic black metal from the same era as the Valhalla album I'm posted here a couple of days ago. The band was formed in 1997 not so far from me - in Dzerzhinsk, a place that isn't very famous for its metal scene, and they were one of the first in my region to play black metal (along with Drauggard, which were formed in 2003, and whose early releases weren't nearly as good as this one). At least some of the band members were professional musicians (although I doubt if any of them still play any sort of music). Here's their only photo I could find, probably taken shortly after they have formed (later they've recruited some additional members, including a female keyboardist). It's so 90s :)

Fortunately, their music is much better than this photo, even if the quality of production isn't perfect (but fairly good for its time). "Chaoschrist" was one of the first black metal albums I've heard in early 2000s, and it left a strong impression on me at the time. Today, after I've listened to a myriad of metal albums, it doesn't impress me as much, but I still think it's a shame they haven't released anything beside this album (+ a couple of demos in late 90s)...

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