Black Messiah
First War of the World
Style: Blackened Pagan/Viking/Folk Metal
Release date: March 20th 2009

BLACK MESSIAH was founded back in 1992 as a pure old school black metal band but changed their direction from black to pagan metal with ‘Oath of a Warrior’ in 2005. In 2006 they released the fantastic ‘Of Myths And Legends’ and are about to release their brand new one, named ‘The First War of the World’.


We get 13 songs of pure blackened-pagan-viking-folk metal with stunning melodies that will make you jump up and down in excitement. BLACK MESSIAH shifts from blackened pagan metal to enchanting folk music and back again, so if you’re looking for variety... you got it. ‘The First War of the World’ got it all; Guitars, flutes, violins, catchy choruses... everything that a splendid pagan-folk album needs. To put it simple; This disc never gets boring, not even with repeated listens.


‘The First War of the World’ deals with the Nordic mythology and being a Norseman my self, I always welcome an album packed with songs about Odin, Valhalla and all that stuff, especially if the songs are top notch. And they certainly are here on this disc.


The songs win with every single spin and there’s not a single filler to be found, so order this album right away.


‘The First War of the World’ is the pagan metal album to top this year... period. 

01. Prologue - The Discovery
02. The Vanir Tribe
03. Gullveig
04. Von Rachsucht Und Luege
05. March of the Warriors
06. Vor Den Toren Valhalls
07. The Battle of Asgaard
08. The Chase
09. Burn Vanaheim
10.  Das Unterpfand
11. Peace at a High Price


13. Soeldnerschwein
Label: AFM Records
Distribution: Target (Denmark)
Reviewed by: Peter Laursen
Date: March 17th 2009