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The Final War Approaching

Armagedda - The Final War Approaching ©2001 Merciless Records
1. Deathminded
2. Sign Of Evil
3. The Final War Approaching
4. Skogens Mörka Djup
5. Unholy Sacrifice
6. Undergang
7. Död & Pina
8. My Eternal Journey

Armagedda certainly does not care to foster a fanbase. After all, on the tray liner for their album, The Final War Approaching, Armagedda states that "by supporting Armagedda, you support the death of yourself, you family and your friends. Armagedda wants you dead." How very cheery! From that, one can surmise that a) Armagedda are great animal lovers as they did not want your pets dead b) don't really understand black metal fans because black metal fans have no friends and c) you really hope that if or when Armagedda plays live, they don't "thank" the crowd in between songs. If they do, then their next album should state, "By supporting Armagedda two albums in a row, you are aware we were only kidding the first time around."

How serious Armagedda is about their mission statement is entirely their business. However, it is quite anyone's business to note that this Swedish "horde" (not to intrude on this review, but doesn't the world "horde" imply far more than three scowling folks?) wears their influences very proudly. The Final War Approaching is such a Darkthrone inspired effort that Fenriz and Nocturno Occulto could hire these guys as session musicians for their next record and skip the recording process entirely. Okay, so maybe that's an exaggeration, but Armagedda has most certainly played their copies of Transilvanian Hunger and Panzerfaust a few times. Thus, dedicated fans of those records plus perhaps some of the Judas Iscariot releases can already start salivating at the thought of The Final War Approaching. Armagedda gets the significance of finding a few simple riffs to run through the Repetive Songwriting Method as their songs stick to the basic lo-fi principles of their influences. "Deathminded", the album opener, gets points for being darned near as good as their mentors' output. Everything here is quite raw and again, in tune with their influences. Those who appreciate the less polished aspects of black metal are sure to be interested in this.

Although Armagedda comes across as endearingly adorable with all their grim black metal statements, their dedication to old school black metal is quite serious. Those of you out there wearing frilly goth outfits or have investments in Casio should bow out now. I guarantee Armagedda wants you dead. Those who can't get enough of the raw style should go ahead and find a copy of this CD and it's really up to you if you want to live afterwards.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 06/2003

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