Marduk - La Grande Danse Macabre Review
by Matt Hensch
Did I accidently stick my dick in a goddamn wormhole? There is a Marduk album during the stint of lameness that DOES NOT suck? You better believe impossible things can happen, and that special delivery happens to be La Grande Danse Macabre.
After years and countless recordings of music so retarded it could generate brain cancer, Marduk finally pulled their heads out of their bungholes and realized things were not looking too hot, so they summoned the grand design of change; indeed, it was one decision that put brakes on a car recklessly slamming into everything conveyable. Progressing musically is sometimes an audio painkiller that leads you to a nice, relaxing place, and I will be the first to say having Marduk induce pleasure was a rare honor no man may ever experience again.
Pondering souls will never connect with this record mutually unless they realize Marduk finally ditched their dull patterns of black metal and stirred its finest ideas upon doom influence they have always dabbled in. The process, of course, is them keeping brutal edges amongst slower, mid-paced textures; however, equating two worlds together works to their advantage. Morgan's riffs are heavily creative and wonderfully diversified per song, while the percussion contributions flow alongside unusually well when this activity takes place. Some blasting cuts try sneaking in, yet anthems partaking generic qualities actually appear decent in ranks of content. The key, however, is balancing newer materials between songs like "Azrael" that dip into previous mistakes, which properly corrects and showcases exactly what they have been trying to demonstrate. Better songs, more intelligence, improved performances, and actual beef? Please, give me a moment to swallow what has happened!
Believe it or not, Marduk continues ejaculating surprise after surprise once curriculums settle in; some items old alongside newer ideas, but rather impressive nonetheless. For instance, "Bonds of Unholy Matrimony" slowly builds before a solo impacting like a nuke goes boom-boom right on your face. Sure it is just one solo, yet comparing the band and denial of such tapping on productions years past conjures old memories when these guys could actually contend with heavy hitters. I am still a little timid around Legion's semi-annoying shrieks, but he has clearly found a better place within Marduk during these experimental times, not that he's undergone utter rejuvenation, I might add. Yet as it concludes, La Grande Danse Macabre is not just passable, but nicely compacted and definitely an enjoyable recording most would appreciate. Am I dreaming?
Needless to say, I am really impressed by how diversified and intelligent this record appears, not to mention Marduk loads their finest gig instrumentally since substance left the building, which is frankly stunning from my perception. Even better, it keeps you entertained throughout with unique cuts this band previously refused, and that is how magic happens! It took too long, but at least it occurred! However, the anal-dwelling abominations released before and after this mid-way offering of alms are pure junk, so the rule remains simple: La Grande Danse Macabre is something you'll definitely wish to scoop, but keep anything else disabled. Holy sh*t, I need a drink
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