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Infernum - ...Taur-Nu-Fuin ©1995 Astral Wings Records
1. Intro
2. In The Black Clouds Of War
3. The Ancient Order
4. Gammadion
5. Weltmacht Oder Nidergang
6. Meine Ehre Heisst Treue
7. Cathari Sects
8. Outro

Infernum is a Polish black metal band who just so happens to contain the members of Graveland circa 1994 doing a little Chief Indian switcheroo. Back in those days, the third member of Graveland, apart from Robbie Darken and Capricornus, was a gentleman by the name of "Anextiomarus". Infernum was his baby and on ...Taur-Nu-Fuin, he provides the majority of the instrumentation and vocals with help from the other two Graveland boys on drums and keyboards. As one might expect, this CD sounds quite similar in many respects to the better known Graveland, sticking to that infamous raw, epic feel that Graveland has expounded for quite some time. Anextiomarus has considerably better vocals than Robbie, but his sense of songwriting isn't nearly as strong. Strangely, Capricornus' drumming is nowhere near as clumsy and plodding as any of his Graveland outputs, so you have that little irony hanging over the affair as well. As one familiar with the Polish scene might expect, the production isn't exactly going to impress the likes of Mutt Lange or Bob Rock but it still works just fine for what Infernum is trying to do. Robbie's keyboards add a major dimension of mood and atmosphere to the music, allowing to escape being essentially drivel.

Apparently this will be the only official Infernum release we'll hear as there was a falling out between Anextiomarus and Robbie. Whatever the politics, the upshot is the former ended up cast out of the Polish metal scene and reportedly into a mental hospital. Nevertheless, ...Taur-Nu-Fuin is a okay enough sidebar to the Graveland story and any devoted fan of them should search this one out. Essentially you're switching Robbie's armor and swords for a monk's cloak, so you aren't deviating too terribly far from the formula.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 02/2003

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