Battle Helm Rating

German black metal isn’t my greatest forte. For every German black metal band I’ve come upon there are like a dozen each of Norwegian and Swedish ones. But the German black metal bands that I do have come upon have been of a varied kind. I don’t think we can speak of a specific German black metal sound. DRENGSKAPUR reminds me of a Darkthrone with a thicker sound. Less punkish and much more metal. Very basic and to the point. Just like early Darkthrone. Cool. SZARLEM have more of a metal sound. The really desperate vocals add to the feeling of despair and agony that SZARLEM’s track oozes of. This is a split 7” that any fan of primitive black metal should get their hands on. Anders Ekdahl

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