the days when we still marveled in wonder of how recordings like these
could ever reach our ears are long gone, but I'm not bloody complaining.
Still, the state of current Metal affairs begs the question: Is this
particular "kvlt-reissue" warranted? Yes, it is. With only 2
tracks off their debut 7" to go by, you can't really scream "underrated
gods!"-bloody-murder to the world and wonder why no-one listens.
We - need - MORE, and who to give it to us but the highly revered Nuclear
War Now label?
NWNs releases has so far had the stamp of total dedication and professionalism
and "Ultra Black Metal" is hardly an exception. Thank doG they
got here first! The packaging is of course of pristine NWN-class. A beautiful
fold-out cover with linernotes/bio and original demotape covers, innersleeves
chock-full of awesome, east-euro-misery-oozing band pix and of course
a lyric sheet for those awake at the high-school Czech class. This particular
Die-hard edition comes on marbled vinyl, including a red vinyl reprint
of the "Spalovna" 7",
a killer looking patch, obi and a Rock Idol poster to nail up next to
Dee Snider and Blackie Lawless above your bed.
"Ultra Black Metal" contains the band's second and third full-length
demos, "Zombie" from '90 and "Skeletor" from '91.
Now, if you found your way to this review I'm guessing you're not entirely
unfamiliar with late 80's/early 90's East-Euro Black Thrash-sound. It's
stale, crude & awkward, just the way we want it, although the "Zombie"
recordings may lean a tad too much in the crude direction. It's hard to
pick any particular standout moments, but thanks to the originality of
those insane, oversimplistic choruses, the demo work nicely as a whole.
The title track bears a haunting similarity to the DEATH SS song with
the same name, although not in a rip-off kind of way. Song by song we
speed up to Thrash-pace and things would have become a bit tedious if
it weren't for the immensely cool vocals. You simply cannot fail with
Czech vocals in Metal! The "Skeletor"-session is where things
get more interesting. The band is slowly moving upwards towards the songwriting
class the of the outstanding 7" A-side in songs like "Destrutce
Mozku", "Král Kanybal" (tango-beats!) and the pounding,
must-hear "Excsorszit", a worthy competitor to the unholiest
There be studded leather, there be skulls, there be inverted crosses aplenty
and TUDOR are more than worthy of these beastly medals. They may not have
been the new old MASTER'S HAMMER, but the infernal noise engraved on these
disks should be infernal enough for any and all jaded kult-metal fans.
If it just sounds like poorly executed zero-budget Thrash sung in weird
language to you, you were wrong to leave your comfy, western middle-class
condo in the first place. This polluted concrete ghetto is not big enough
for me, TUDOR and you. Look, new MEGADETH-album out now! Hurry hurry,