Sammath - Dodengang ©2006 Folter Records
1. To Hell
2. Ravager
3. Dodengang
4. Ashes To Ashes
5. Imminence War Death
6. Stalingrad
7. Oblivion
8. Merciless

Sammath is yet another of those "bubbling under the surface" second tier black metal bands. I think you know the type. They play an earnest, devoted and altogether zealous approach to black metal, but are still destined to float outside the main radar of the public consciousness. (I know, I know, "true" black metal bands crave being anonymous and unheard, but let's just set that scene posturing aside for the sake of this review.)

Dodengang is the band's third album since their inception in 1994. The band goes for the dense, wall-of-primal-power type of production, which ends up being one of my major beefs about the album. At no point does the band ever sound quite cohesive with one another, particularly the rhythm section. Sure, the sound is dense, but it is also scattered. And besides, I readily admit that I prefer the older Darkthrone thin sound in black metal as opposed to the Marduk school of neutron star thickness.

Aside from an array of hints that this band can progess into something far more interesting, Dodengang is one of those many albums that will ultimately receive the "nice try, but no cigar" award.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 02/2007

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