Music Review : Marduk – Frontschwein (2015, Century Media)
For 25 years Marduk is at the forefront of Extreme metal. At first, the Swedish outfit was playing death metal and progressively endorsed black metal elements such as fast uncompromising aggressive elements of the young genre. With Frontschwein, one would hope that it is a return to the Panzer Division era which is a dip into this territory but much more like a logical continuity of Serpent Sermon released in 2012.
While Panzer Division was one of the fastest and aggressive records from the band, Serpent Sermon was more like a entry in the heavier side of the band slowing some songs and getting back to basis.
Frontschwein is a balance of both of the aforementioned albums with a darker entry with the War themes. However, even if some songs are slowed down, maybe because of the shift of drummers, Marduk didn’t make an accessible album either. This is in your face blitzkrieg music that is fine because this is a long time running band but there is nothing really ground breaking or fresh here.
Overall, Frontschwein is not a bad album and fans will welcome it. But this is not the kind of release that will make them gain legions of new fans.