Friday, July 13, 2007

Vlad Tepes/Belketre - March to the Black Holocaust

Bands: Vlad Tepes, Belketre
Album: March to the Black Holocaust
Genre: Black Metal
Country of Origin: France
Year: 1995

Track Listing:
  1. Wladimir's March (Vlad Tepes)
  2. Massacre Song from the Devastated Lands (Vlad Tepes)
  3. In Holocaust to the Natural Darkness (Vlad Tepes)
  4. Drink the Poetry of the Celtic Disciple (Vlad Tepes)
  5. Dans Notre Chute (Vlad Tepes)
  6. Misery Fear & Storm Hunger (Vlad Tepes)
  7. Diabolical Reaps (Vlad Tepes)
  8. Under the Carpathian Yoke (Vlad Tepes)
  9. Guilty (Belketre)
  10. A Day Will Dawn (Belketre)
  11. Hate (Belketre)
  12. Last Sigh of God (Belketre)
  13. Night of Sadness (Belketre)
  14. Despair (Belketre)
  15. Those of Our Blood (Belketre)
  16. If We Had... (Belketre)
In the early 1990s, the underground French Black Metal scene gave birth to Les Légions Noires, aka LLN. The LLN gave birth to numerous super raw underground, but, in expected kvlt fashion, the only band ever allowed to release full lengths was Mütiilation. The LLN made up for the lack of FLs with some excellent demos and, of course, some splits. One of the best known splits, March to the Black Holocaust, was a collaboration between the legendary bands Vlad Tepes and Belketre. March to the Black Holocaust is a raw Black Metal masterpiece. Both halves of the split exude an insidious, hateful and misanthropic atmosphere but Vlad Tepes and Belketre each go about their buisness differently. Vlad Tepes opens with the marching "Wladimir's March" and goes on to blast 7 tracks of sinister and hypnotic and at times catchy Black Metal with a thick guitar tone and sick vocals. Belketre's guitars are a thin harsh fuzz in the background, backing maddeningly hateful, distorted vocals. Despite the fuzz of the guitars, each song is distinguishable from every other and the riff changes are audible, atmospheric and cold. At times they become experimental and unique, with the eerie "Hate," the instrumental "Despair," and the outro "If We Had...," one minute of disturbing, overlapping vocals.

March to the Black Holocaust is is a necessity for any Black Metal fan, it is truly a piece of cold, hateful art.

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