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Ketzer - Endzeit Metropolis (Reissue) Award winner

Endzeit Metropolis (Reissue)
by "Metal Mark" Garcia at 14 November 2019, 7:45 AM

The time is good for some reissuing some albums, especially for talented bands that seems that some fans never gave the due value that they deserve. And if you’re a Thrash/Black Metal fan, or even a Thrash Metal fan of the earlier works from the German trio, take a careful listening on the reissue of KETZER’s second release, “Endzeit Metropolis”. The quintet seems to be a step ahead from all the Black/Thrash Metal bands, for one simple reason: the greater part of them refuses to evolve in time, always playing the same set of musical clichés. KETZER is different: the band experiments a lot, creating some subjective melodies and some arrangements that aren’t usual (as can be heard on some moments of “The Fever’s Tide”), but always keeping their aggressive and charming music and energy. Yes, this album is really sounds great!

On this album, the band worked with Markus Stock as producer (and he did the recording, mixing and mastering as well), who is used to work with many different Metal genres. So it explains a lot the improvements, because the insight used on the sound quality is not trivial for Thrash/Black Metal. It sounds clear (in a way that everything can be understood), defined and with excellent instrumental tunes that bears the band’s musical aggressiveness. It’s a great work, indeed.

“Endzeit Metropolis” is a breakneck song, fast and furious in the usual way for the band (with excellent guitars and vocals), as “A Requiem for Beauty” is as well (besides the speed decreases, improving the weight given by bass guitar and drums); on “The Fever’s Tide”, their aggressive and weighty grasp is filled with some different harmonies and elements; “Aesthetics and Ecstasy” has that furious and Old School ambiance that causes moshpits easily; “Farewell, Fade Away” is an experimental instrumental song, with very good melodic guitar solos, working to introduce the listener to the thrashing massacre and massive energy of “Collector of Worlds”; some unusual guitar arrangements are presented during “Redeemed by Truth”, before the piledriving tempos of bass guitar and drums crush the bones of the listeners; and the 9 minutes long “He, Who Stands Behind the Rows” shows a catharsis of melodies and aggressiveness that would bloom on “Starless” (and great work from vocals, along some excellent “motorheadian” Rock ‘n’ Roll parts). And there are some bonus tracks on this reissue: the live versions for “To Each Saint His Candle”, “Witchcraft (Intro)” and “Satan’s Boundaries Unchained”.

Well, after hearing “Endzeit Metropolis”, the idea is that KETZER is one of the strongest names (if it’s not the stronger one) of the band’s musical genre. And it’s really worthy of being reissued!

Musicianship: 9
Songwriting: 10
Memorability: 9
Production: 9

4 Star Rating

1. Endzeit Metropolis
2. A Requiem for Beauty
3. The Fever’s Tide
4. Aesthetics and Ecstasy
5. Farewell, Fade Away (instrumental)
6. Collector of Worlds
7. Redeemed by Truth
8. He, Who Stands Behind the Rows
9. To Each Saint His Candle (Live)
10. Witchcraft (Intro) (Live)
11. Satan’s Boundaries Unchained (Live) 
Infernal Destroyer - Vocals
Executor - Guitars
Sinner - Guitars, Backing Vocals
Necroculto - Bass
Desecratör - Drums
Record Label: Metal Blade Records


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