Mactštus


Blot

Mactštus - Blot ©1997 Embassy Productions
1. Black Poetry
2. Sorgvinter
3. Knust Kristendom
4. Et Kaldt Rike
5. I Trllriket (instrumental)
6. Vandring
7. Nar Et Kristent Liv Er Fortapt
8. Hat Og Kulde

Mactätus are like kid brothers on the Norwegian black metal scene. Their image is a take-off of Immortal from the Diabolical Fullmoon Mysticism, complete with the boys playing with fire in the dead of night. They include "hails" to various better black metal bands in their liner notes, hoping the big kids will let them play ball with them. Their style is similar to Dimmu Borgir, what with the big symphonic, mid-paced echoing black metal. And unfortunately, all this does is make them the afterthought band of the scene because you can hear better bands of the same ilk. Blot is not actually too horrendous of a record, but you certainly are going to find better records to purchase. For a first release by a young band, Blot is fairly well produced, although the guitars are a bit low in the mix and a strange echo permeates the overall sound. The vocals are way back in the mix, so you get this echoing little trollish figure bouncing about the CD. The keyboards try to be spooky and ominous but you know how often this is actually accomplished in black metal. In essence, Blot is just an also-ran in a crowded field of younger bands who like their influences so much that they can't create music any different from what they hear around them. Not a bad effort, but let's just say no one truly needs this much musical redundancy in his or her life.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 05/2001

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The Complex Bewitchment

Mactštus - The Complex Bewitchment ©2000 Napalm Records
1. Ornament Of Pettiness
2. Another Dimension
3. The Passage (to The Kingdom Of No Return)
4. Speak The Word Of The Winds
5. WIth Excellence...
6. Iron Handed
7. Complexity In Vain
8. Dance Of Might

You know when your best selling point of the album is the naked, trashy woman on the cover, adorned in pro wrestling makeup, that you might just not have a whole lot going for you. Sure, you have all the appropriate items on the checklist for Dimmu Borgir sized stardom: oh-so-heavy and evil sounding keyboards mixed with heavy guitars, a snarly, sinister sounding vocalist and of course, three separate shots of breasts (including nipples) in the artwork. Perhaps the hope is that younger, more hormonally driven black metal boys who aren't getting a whole lot outside www.nudegothbabes.com will be so distracted by the naked lady that they won't notice the sheer mediocrity of the band on the CD. Great marketing techinique! However, for those who aren't necessarily driven by lust might quickly notice that Mactätus is pretty much another run down the slope of the type of symphonic, black metal oriented shlock that is long on gimmick and short on interesting songs. Much like Old Man Child's latest release (hopefully the last now that Galdar found his dream job in Dimmu Borgir), The Complex Bewitchment is nothing more than a run of the mill, predictable and entirely mediocre music that fails to either deliver great songs based on an old formula or demonstrate new innovation in a tired sound. Instead, they sound like they're auditioning for future openings in Dimmu Borgir. My advice, if the cover seems enticing, is to find some good scans of the cover model and move on to the next CD on the rack.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 10/2000

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