Cadaveris – The Ceremony of Worshiping (Review)

CadaverisCadaveris are a Russian black metal band and this is their debut album.

This is half an hour of orthodox, occult black metal that comes across as a malevolent mix of Watain, Marduk, Mayhem and Dark Funeral.

Performed and executed with the passion of the purist and the devout, this is a thoroughly enjoyable release that doesn’t put a foot wrong across its playing time.

These underground hymns to blasphemy and hatred hit all of the right notes, and if you’re a fan of the Scandinavian second wave then you’ll find a lot to like on this release.

Blasting intensity is combined with blackened melodies to produce songs that are fast and raw. There’s the usual black metal frosted sharpness to the tracks, but this is added to by a bestial harshness that allows the band to explore their brutal side too.

The album reminds me of something like Panzer Division Marduk, only a bit more raw and less straightforward; this also has some extra elements thrown into the mix from the influences mentioned above.

I really enjoy the authentic, classic atmospheres that Cadaveris create. They’re very good at whatever they choose to do, whether it’s the ultra-intense blast beat-powered sections, groovier mid-paced parts, or some quite atmospheric bits where they explore the darker side of black metal. The macabre leads are very tasty too.

The Ceremony of Worshiping is a top-quality raw, orthodox black metal album that shows a band that have a keen understanding of the classic style. I’ll be listening to this again and again in the coming months, and I heartily suggest you do too.

Very highly recommended.

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