Germany’s Black Metal band Darkened Nocturn Slaughtercult has risen up among international black metal bands through its stylistic intransigence and seriousness of its convictions. Six years later, we have the latest chapter with 2019’s Mardom released through War Anthem Records. To describe their sound is taking influences from Enthroned, Marduk, Mayhem, Inquisition, Judas Iscariot, and Tsjuder with lyricism reflected on darkness, evil, satanism, occultism and a thought-provoking atmosphere of black metal.
Since 1997, they’ve made some magnificent albums throughout the existence they’ve been around the underground including 2004’s Nocturnal March and 2001’s Follow the Calls for Battle all brought out innovation at their finest peak. Following up to 2013’s Necrovision, Mardom is simply put, the rawest, darkest, gloominess and progressive albums the band has done to date. There’s moment after listening to the album where I get a lot of Darkthrone vibes preferably the album Under A Funeral Moon due to the bleak, hateful, multitude, and rapidly strummed instrumentals that are extremely enjoyable front to back.
Every song is completely different meaning there’s wide variations of moods ranging from melancholic, some are fast and brutal, some are atmospheric, and that’s fine by me since a lot of black metal bands try to go more for a repetitive, fast paced styled of black metal which I don’t mind at all but Darkened Nocturn Slaughtercult does their approach so beautifully well done. This album is top notch, creative, varied and expanded many horizons from these Germans as all songs are blended to perfection alongside the mixing and production is absolutely glorious in a sense where the the components are not sacrificing each other. As someone who enjoys black metal time to time, Mardom by Germany’s Darkened Nocturn Slaughtercult is a satisfying and pleasant release with amazing replay value suited for any fans of European black metal.
Overall Score: 8.5/10
Review by Jake Butler