Zyklon, the Norwegian
blackened death metal band formed in 1998 by members of Norwegian black
metal band Emperor, Samoth and Trym, as well as former members of
Myrkskog, have released a new album in 2006 called Disintegrate.
A few quotes from the press and other recent prior interviews were very
positive and now it was my turn to check out this album. Disintegrate
was released on the 19th of May 2006 and has had nothing but great
acclaim and reviews since.
With this new release Zyklon has emerged
as death metal's standard for the new millennium. Trym and Samoth both
put a great deal of effort in this one. Trym's guitar solos are more
focused on speed, technique and melody yet with some mystical fear feel
to them. The drums are more persistent than the last album, yet jazzy.
You can say that the sound seems to not get, "stale" and have
very smooth transitions from, "power to havoc".
Recorded at Akkerhaugen Lydstudio in
Norway and mixed at famed Studio Fredman in Sweden under the direction
of Fredrik Nordstrøm, "Desintergrate" sees Bård
"Faust" Eithun returning to handle lyrical duties while
Secthdamon takes his first steps on record behind the mike and on bass.
Training his vocals while touring, the drummer turned bassist and
vocalist settles perfectly in the position left open in late 2001 by
Daemon. Destructhor will continue to impress the guitar aficionados with
his lightning-fast solos, technique and sound. Added to it the
long-respected play of Samoth and the inspiring skins of Trym, "Desintergrate"
is a record that builds upon an already revered sonic recipe.
A lot of these songs are going to remind
you of Emperor, even though his power playing guitar style sound has not
changed that much here and this is a good thing. This album was also
recorded in the same studio as Emperor's "IX Equilibrium" but
this material adds a higher level of violence in the writing that makes
those sorts of guitar tricks take on a new meaning... it will be
interesting for me to see how this band will progress... will they
incorporate a few more electronica influences? Black metal resurfaces on
the map thanks to Zyklon and their 2006 album, Disintegrate.