Barbarian - Faith Extinguisher LP (Black vinyl)


If their follow up is any indicator, Italians Barbarian are enormous fans of the cruder, old school crypto black metal artists like Hellhammer, Celtic Frost, Bathory, and Venom. The riffing patterns they construct are all more or less derived from decades of bands who stand in tribute to such precursors, and yet I found this album remarkably fun all the same, because they simply know how to lay out the primal, pulverizing riffs and let the listener revel in their savage architecture. Not to say that Barbarian is without its flaws, there are a few which hinder it from further greatness, but this record rocks hard enough that it deserves repeated listens from any advocates of that early sound and atmosphere