TSJUDER deliver Norwegian Black Metal in the classic raw and rattling style, yet without ever giving in to the temptation of wallowing in nostalgia. On their fifth full-length ‘Antiliv’ not a single note has to be dyed black, because the roots that are clearly showing are all glistening with the abyssal musical non-colour pioneered by BATHORY, CELTIC FROST, and VENOM as well as those Northern masters MAYHEM, DARKTHRONE, and EMPEROR. The venomous and vicious throat rendering by bassist Nag and guitarist Draugluin entwines with thorny, relentlessly driving riffs and an infernal rhythmical ice storm unleashed by drummer Anti-Christian over majestic melodies. When the Norwegians returned with ‘Legion Helvete’ (2011), it became obvious that they had honed their songwriting to razor sharp perfection since splitting up after the release of their live DVD ‘Norwegian Apocalypse’ in 2006. Founded in the year 1993 by Nag and guitarist Berserk with Draugluin joining soon after, TSJUDER quickly established a strong reputation within the underground scene through their first EPs ‘Throne of the Goat’ (1997) and ‘Atum Nocturnem’ (1999), which was originally conceived as a demo. The Norwegians’ debut album “Kill for Satan” (2000) created general attention and critical acclaim that was strongly enhanced by the following releases “Demonic Possession” (2002) and “Desert Northern Hell” (2004). Now TSJUDER return with an impressive demonstration that they are still growing stronger and the hellishly fierce masterpiece ‘Antiliv’, which the band modestly describes as “raw and uncompromising black metal”. No post, no progressive, no whatever!
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