It was around this time three years ago that I got my first taste of Panzerfaust that I still enjoy visiting to this day, and I will never understand how I allowed their most recent offering to slip right underneath my radar. I had to be told about this release and that really got on my nerves because I knew right from the beginning that it was going to be something awesome just given the band’s track record! After hours of sinking my teeth into this piece, I can’t help but suggest this may be the pinnacle for this band that is all but fucking tantalizing to witness.
The idea of war in our music is far from a foreign concept, as many of us know. There are also plenty of people that would prefer if we left the bloodshed and “unsavory” details of conflict out of our music, but sometimes you need to go to somewhere really fucked up and maybe somewhere a little too real for our comfort in order to deliver a listen that we just can’t rip ourselves away from. I wasn’t expecting Panzerfaust to go down such a road when I first heard they had new material, but it’s with what they did all throughout “War, Horrid War” that I couldn’t have asked for anything better from this absurdly scathing act. There are just five tracks with which we’re presented with for this album, but they are astoundingly potent in their composition that makes this not only what I feel is the best that Panzerfaust has produced, but the best piece of metal about war since 1914 by far as well as arguably one of the most compelling works of black metal we’ve gotten this year! If “War, Horrid War” doesn’t somehow smash you with its ever-relevant topics and haunting visuals, then the wondrously heavy material should hook you right in as each song as something to really get into as Panzerfaust shows off their adaptability whether it comes in the form of uncompromising skirmishes upon your eardrums or a drawn-out, emotional finale that knows how to hit each note in the most perfect spot on every single occasion. And then if after all that you’re not moved by what Panzerfaust has poured forth here, then I truly do feel sorry for you.
Each detail of what’s on display all throughout “War, Horrid War” is what happens when true talent meets a scathing, uncompromising sound and attention to detail for this unwavering work, and it only gets better and better with every single listen. Panzerfaust brings us to a level for metal on war that we’ve seen done at different angles many times before, but it’s here that we can see it come to a true peak whose excellence is unlike anything before. Now, if we could just get a tour of these guys with 1914 and get me a plane to that show then I’d be the happiest bastard you ever did see.
LISTEN to “The Suns of Perdition – Chapter I: War, Horrid War” on Bandcamp here.
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