Malokarpatan - Stridžie Dni CD


A new band that claims to be playing "old school black metal influenced by the 80s and early 90s classics like Venom, Mercyful Fate, Bathory, Barathrum, etc." is usually not one to expect a lot from (except for attempts to unsuccessfully clone one of these bands), but the fact that they combine influences from local folklore, sing in their own language and have this awesome, unusual cover artwork, made it rather tempting to check them out. 

Well, these guys are either too modest or self-unaware, because this album is so much more than just another "old school black metal" release. While the smell of Becherovka is present everywhere, the songwriting was treated with great seriousness here. There is no shortage of interesting guitar leads (that sound really original) to be found here, alongside damn catchy riffs that totally rock. In general, the guitar has an awesome raspy tone (very reminiscent of early Venom) and the album's cavernous production fits the music style perfectly.