"Forbidden World"

By Professor Jocko

As the music industry fills up with countless numbers of heavy metal bands, it is hard to decide what to get with so many to choose from. When I experiment with anything new, I like to have something with diversity, yet something that stays true to the roots of where it all came from. When I was younger, there wasn’t such a thing as the internet and you didn’t have access to YouTube, where you could sample the first 30 seconds or so to see if you liked it. What we had to do was to wait until someone bought the album with their hard-earned cash and listen to the whole thing. This also meant that you didn’t have much opportunity for underground or up incoming bands. We had Slayer, Venom, Celtic Frost, Kreator and Mercyful Fate, just to name a few, which were great bands, but didn’t leave you with a lot of other options for satanic thrash music. I guess my point is that the Swedish natives Antichrist are one of those bands  that remind of the qualities that I look for in this type of music was before we were inundated with it.

As you listen to the first several tracks, the first thing that you notice is the blistering combination of vocals and guitars. "Dark Sorcery" and "Torment in Hell" are solid reminders of what has brought me full-circle with this type of music. The higher pitched vocals and shredding guitar solos of Gabriel Forslund & Filip Runesson seem to be synonymous and more distinct in satanic speed metal. The third track is called "Forbidden World", and starts very melodic, which adds more diversity and dynamics to the album. The song eventually rolls into a track called "Necropolis", which is more dark and gloomy, yet still maintains the overall evil rhythm. The second half of the song, however, picks up a lot of speed, as the guitars carry through to the rest of the song. As a vocalist, Anton Sunesson brings a much needed flavor to the band that is unmistakably old-school.

The song "Minotaur" is strictly an instrumental, which although gives us a look into how tight the band is musically, seems to be a little lengthy as it slows down and becomes more repetition than anything else. I don’t mind long introductions into a song, but this one could have been shortened and added as the beginning of another track. However, the last two tracks, "Militia of Death" and "Terror Dimension" redeem the quality that is worthy of any mosh pit that I’ve ever been in. This is strongly reinforced by the pounding drumming style of Sven Nilsson, that carry the songs to a triumphant ending. This being the band’s debut, it seems as though this is their raw-edge introduction into what should become the first of a long list of successful albums.