TANGORODRIM - UNHOLY AND UNLIMITED - SOUTHERN LORD
Let me assure you that despite its fruity name and goofy album title, this vinyl-only release from Southern Lord is pure black metal cacophony. The hollow voice of the singer sounds like a thousand tormented souls in damnation, the music marches along to the tune of Darkthrone on a bad day and the limited release of 666 on black vinyl makes this an instant collector's item. This black metal sound might not be original or innovative, but there is no such thing as enough aggression. Arise the scent of the beast. - Ali "The Metallian"
TANGORODRIM - JUSTUS EX FIDE VIVIT - SOUTHERN LORD
The band’s name conjures either the name of a delicious Indian dish or a form of the decidedly very un-metal tango dance. The band’s logo and CD jacket symbolism also do not help with their inverted crosses. What is the significance of inverting a cross in a Jewish state? Shouldn’t the Israeli two invert the Star Of David? Since that doesn’t make any sense geometrically, perhaps the duo could set the symbol of the Jewish community on fire?
Doubting that these men are of righteous faith despite whatever the title says the album is hell of a blasphemously tribute to the power of Darkthrone. Amusing titles like When Heirs Of The Horned Shamelessly Attack, Cold Flame Of Death and Without Eyes And Anything Above carry the album to just below the thirty-minute mark. Pounding riffs as simple as the group's origins rage in abandon as the vocalist grunts atop in pure Hellhammer fashion. The drums play next to no role in this and play consort to the tumult on top. Odd to speak of balance in a sub-genre or band as extreme as this, but Justus Ex Fide Vivit is neither the fastest nor the heaviest band of this maligned style. It is however a good representation of the grim bands whose elementary and organic approach is best championed by Southern Lord Records nowadays. - Ali “The Metallian”