Marduk - Those Of The Unlight CD
This is an evil fucking album. From the opening blast of "Darkness Breeds Mortality", Marduk immerse the listener in pure darkness. Aside from the obvious and continuing theme of the black and the bleak, Those of the Unlight sees Marduk expanding the already stellar songwriting evident on their debut LP. While Dark Endless succeeds in cohesion of atmosphere, Those of the Unlight is thematically tighter than its predecessor.
Dread's departure from Marduk is certainly disconcerting for fans of his unearthly wail, though drummer Af Gravf's desperate rasp perfectly accompanies the evil songs on display. While Those of the Unlight blasts Marduk's requisite evil riffs and classic black metal vocals, the album takes a more depressing tone lyrically. By the time the listener is drowned in the brooding despair that is "Echoes From the Past", it is clear that Marduk have evolved as a band.