Black Messiah
Of Myths and Legends

Release date: November 17th 2006
Label: AFM Records
Target (Denmark)

Pagan Metal

Rating: 88/100
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Reviewed by: Peter Laursen
Date: November 11th 2006

Black Messiah was formed in 1992 as a pure Old School Black Metal band influenced by bands like Venom, Celtic Frost, Bathory, and Possessed. Since then they have changed direction and this brand new release called “Of Myths and Legends” is filled with Pagan/Viking Metal.

Black Metal and Pagan/Viking Metal have not done much for me in the past but about a year ago I began to feel different about it. To put it simple… I have learned to appreciate both Black Metal and Pagan/Viking Metal so; you can imagine that I was very interested when I received this album. I threw it in my CD-player and I liked it instantly.

Maybe this kind of music could be a hard thing to swallow for the average Metal-fan but I find it a well-balanced mixture of Black Metal with plenty of harmonies and a fantastic Pagan/Folk atmosphere.

With this wide spectrum the Germans never drift off into chaos, but more often than not convince with surprising melodies and twists inside the songs. Almost every track stands out on its own and it’s easy to tell them apart for each other. AND Zagan’s raspy voice suits the music just fine.

Even the production is great but what could you expect? We are not living in 1930, right? I have only one small complaint… the Genghis Khan cover “Moskau” is a tad misplaced but I can live with that.

Absolutely recommended for every fan of Pagan/Viking Metal.  

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