The sheer number of albums that are constantly coming out that someone might consider “pre-order worthy” is both far too high and extremely dependent on who you’re talking to. I could sit here and tell you that you need to pre-order the upcoming Jupiterian but then someone else might want to shut me down and say you gotta snag the new Paysage d’Hiver before anything else. But, if there’s one album that I’ve seen people more excited about than what I was expecting it’s the upcoming Panzerfaust, and it makes me beyond thrilled to witness that.
Panzerfaust has long been an act to know from the Canadian underground as time has only been a benefactor to the band’s credibility, talent, and name as they’ve only gotten better, and better, and better from one bombastic release to the next. But, it was last year that things came to a surprising head that I don’t think many of us were prepared for: “The Suns of Perdition” began. The first of a four-part series released to us known as “War, Horrid War”, and it was an absolutely ferocious work that brought so much more to the table than what I was ever expected with it also opening up so many possibilities and avenues for Panzerfaust to take their caustic sound in the future. It’s still a work I very much enjoy and frequent every so often, and I was chomping at the bit to hear the next issue of “The Suns of Perdition”. A little over a year later, and they’ve returned to us with a familiar but wildly different experience.
Chapter I has no right being overly compared to Chapter II because they are their own entities, but it’s integral to experience what was brought forth for “War, Horrid War” to understand how big everything is that;’s going on for “Render Unto Eden”. Everything is much more expansive, drawn-out, and slow-acting with small firefights happening every so often as Panzerfaust never lets the battlefield stay quiet for too long. The very foundations of this album rely on the deadly work of a slow burn that’s just as dangerous as it is satisfying to experience and to say that Panzerfaust has done it in complete mastery all throughout “Render Unto Eden” with such tremendous power would be to severely undercut the excellence at play here. It’s truly a record that must be heard by any modern fan of black metal because it does everything so phenomenally with just expertise that one cannot help but become sucked into the whirlwind of recycled death and blood-drenched dirt that Panzerfaust is constantly delivering. Even in its calmest moments, “Render Unto Eden” is nothing to fuck with whatsoever and it’s with a grand understanding of both their sound and craft that Panzerfaust has created what’s lightly their crowning achievement thus far. If nothing else, it shows that this series us absolutely something that you’re not going to want to miss.
There may be plenty of acts that can be compared to Panzerfaust when it comes to sound, theme, and execution, but there’s no way you can convince me that Panzerfaust isn’t at the absolute peak of the scene when it comes to bringing all that together in extraordinary fashion. They’ve been doing it wondrously for years, and it’s all come to a head with “The Suns of Perdition” with “Render Unto Eden” being another bloody testament to the glory behind the very name of this band. There will always be albums to look forward to, but right now, I cast my ballot towards Panzerfaust and “Render Unto Eden” as an upcoming effort that absolutely must be heard. No fucking excuses.
“The Suns of Perdition – Chapter II: Render Unto Eden” releases on August 28th via Eisenwald!
LISTEN to an advanced track from “The Suns of Perdition – Chapter II: Render Unto Eden” on Bandcamp here.
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