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Armagedda: I Am
Black Metal
Nordvis Produktion
August 6th, 2010
Release length: 23:25
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As a band, Armagedda has existed for about ten years at this point, forming as a group back in 1999 but releasing their first demo back in 2000. Over the years, the group has made various efforts to bring consistant releases to the fans. However, their third EP, I Am, somehow managed to slip through the cracks. This four song release was actually recorded between 2000 and 2001, and since then has never seen the light of day until now, placing this release between their demo Volkermord, and their first split release In Blackest Ruin. But, has this release stood the test of time, or is it now meerly a collector’s piece for Armagedda‘s fans?

First off, the recording quality is rather poor. The best way to explain it would be to say it is almost mid ninetiesa demo tape quality in a sense. The music itself sounds good, but it’s as if it’s just too far in the background through an analog recording. Chances are good I Am is some kind of demo tape that was just transfered digitally without anything really done to it. Even the vocals on the recording sound metallic from this. The drumming, however, seems to suffer the most, as everything really seems to just drown them out. “Den Skrivna Eskatologin” starts off normally, but unless you really listen you probably won’t even hear the drumming against the guitar-based intro, as well as throghout this song and “De Vanhelgade”, though you’ll be able to distinguish the rest during the latter slower tracks. Obviously, it’s a very raw quality, but given that this is a lost release from the early 2000’s, one would almost expect to be a little lenient towards the sound of the album, even though it does become a little frustrating in the end due to how muffleed everything sounds.

The music itself, however, it’s highly enjoyable and worth sticking through the quality. There is a lack of a bite due to the poorer production, but the music is still well done. “Den Skrivna Eskatologin” starts things off a bit rocky, but once you start working your way through the song, it all starts to work together to create some solid Black Metal. The only drawback is that this release doesn’t necessarily offer anything too unique or original. The first two songs here are what you would expect from a Black Metal band with a little extra complexity in the guitars to accomodate the speed they are being played at. The only real stand out track on this release is the title track, “I Am”, which is a slower paced Black Metal song that has some nice faster paced drumming against the slower guitars that add a slight hint of melody to the mix, but thanks to how they are performed and the distortion used, they also bring in a nice element of melancholy to the overall atmosphere of the recording. The closing track “Cold Eon” starts out fast, but eventually heads to a slower pace, much like the title track, however it’s just not as hypnotizing in the long run and comes off a bit generic.

However, for an early attempt by Armagedda it’s still a good release. All the songs on here are enjoyable, though the first track on the release will take some time to acquire a taste for. Aside the too raw production that goes into a flat out poor quality, I Am winds up being a solid twenty five plus minutes of Black Metal that fans of the style will enjoy for it’s simplicity and sometimes a little more complex guitar work, though the real treats on the release come at the end when the music takes a more melancholic turn with the atmosphere instead of simply a hard hitting Black Metal release that tries to be evil, though not effectively all the time. If you happen upon it for a decent price, there’s no reason to pass up this Armagedda release.

01. Den Skrivna Eskatologin – 6:20
02. De Vanhelgade – 6:22
03. I Am – 5:25
04. Cold Eon – 5:18
Overall Score: 6.5/10


Digital review copy of this release provided by Nordvis Produktion.