Ogdru Jahad [Denmark]
Iron Bonehead Productions
While bestial black/death metal has become quite a trend of late, few have really captured my attention unlike bands such as Heresiarch and Weregoat, along with the classic Canadian originators. Little did I expect Ogdru Jahad to once again rouse my interest in newer bands playing in that style, with their debut full length release I providing a sweet, half-hour of blasphemous, filthy black/death metal.
Half-expecting some futuristic extreme metal with the introductory track with the metallic spoken samples, Ogdru Jahad quickly surprises listener as soon as the first notes of Profane Devastation hits the listener. The buzzsaw guitar tone, the song progression and the blasting drums quickly remind one of Black Witchery and the classic Upheaval of Satanic Might, and Profane Devastation even reminds one of songs like Unholy Vengeance of War, though unlike the barks of Impurath, Necrodevil chooses a more death metal-styled growl. The Canadian influences are rather strong, and the rather riff-oriented style that Ogdru Jahad engages in also reminds one of classics such as Blasphemy (like on Empty Jehovah) and Conqueror. Slower and heavier moments such as on Glories of Mary even brings about some Archgoat comparisons, with its dark and crushing atmosphere.
The lead guitars that are littered throughout the album also help to add to the sense of unease, and the chaotic style that Necrocalvis engage in sometimes reminds one of bands such as Revenge, further messing up the listener’s head. However, there are also moments where he chooses a more well thought-out style, though never a moment is passed without reducing the tension that is in the air.
Like many other similar-styled albums, the songs on I are mostly extremely short, with most tracks staying below the 3-minute mark, allowing for the delivery to be brutal and effective, and the entire album is over as soon as it hits the 30-minute mark. Things are over just before they overstay their welcome, with the repetitive patterns that this style tend to have, though long enough for one to fully absorb the impact of the music.