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Black Crucifixion – Triginta

Black Crucifixion
by Dave "That Metal Guy" Campbell at 10 February 2022, 2:55 PM

To quote Juho Mikkonen: “Being the odd one out. That’s BLACK CRUCIFIXION’s existence in a nutshell. They’ve been around since the very birth of Finnish Black Metal, yet they never released a classic Finnish Black Metal album. There’s no “Ugra-Karma” or “Drawing Down the Moon” in the band’s discography. But the question still lingers: does the band deserve the right to be mentioned alongside BEHERIT, IMPALED NAZARENE, and ARCHGOAT? I firmly believe they don’t. Instead, BLACK CRUCIFIXTION has developed into the caliber of a band that deserves to be mentioned next to no one.” The album contains nine tracks; five of them are live.

“Night Birds Fall Upon You” opens the album. It begins with a heavy and aggressive sound out of the gates. The Black Metal vocals keep it within the genre boundaries but there is more going on than just a standard Black Metal sound. “Beyond Linkola” begins with a more traditional riff and shouted vocals. From there, it is dragged down with despondent tones, but lifted up with a passage of fast-picked guitars. “Throneburner” opens with thickened bass guitar notes followed by a heavy riff. A chorus rears its head here…something unusual in the genre. It almost sounds like a Death/Thrash mashup.

“Bitten by the Long Frosts of Life” is the first glimpse of the band live. Opening with another harsh riff, some clean vocals mix in here, and are just a bit off in key. It could be the live setting however. Towards the end, feedback mixes in with the slow, grinding sound. “Frailest” is another live track. A short burner, you can hear the bass guitar notes among the heavy, angry vocals. “As Black as the Roses (as Weak as my Smile)” features both heavy instruments and some faster instrumental passages. Short lead work comes in after the half-way mark. “Wrath without Hate” features some seriously heavy low-end with energy and a kick in the ass. The vile vocals echo in what it probably a small club with some die-hard fans. The vocalist interacts a bit with the crowd towards the end.

“Retaliation” is another dark and powerful offering that seems to get stronger as the album moves along. The sounds that come out of the amplifiers are coming from the pit of Hell itself. “Black Crucifixion” closes the album. It’s murky, hateful and slow, grinding you into bits by the end. Not really having any play within the game of Black Metal, and being largely unfamiliar with the aforementioned artists, I feel that I can give an honest outside opinion here. It was mostly mediocre, with just a few bright spots here and there. The band has some serious muscle when it comes to mobilizing and moving out, as well as decent musicianship, but the music itself was just not that interesting.

Songwriting: 4
Musicianship: 6
Memorability: 3
Production: 7

2 Star Rating

1. Night Birds Fall Upon You
2. Beyond Linkola
3. Throneburner
4. Bitten by the Long Frosts of Life \[live]
5. Frailest \[live]
6. As Black as the Roses (as Weak as my Smile) \[live]
7. Wrath without Hate \[live]
8. Retaliation \[live]
9. Black Crucifixion \[live]
E. Henrik – Bass, Woodwind, Keyboards, Guitar, Soundscapes
E.R. Kill – Guitar
Forn – Vocals, Soundscapes, Guitar
P.A. Totenraum – Drums
Record Label: Seance Records


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