VANMAKT - VREDSKAPTA MÖRKERSAGOR – PULVERISED
Past an enigmatic intro track, Sweden’s Vanmakt is a blazing blasting bursting black metal band with all the viciousness of a razorback smelling blood. The quintet delivers in the extremeness department with surprising efficiency and tightness. The riffs are solid and the blasting speeds both rhythmic and disharmonic thus adding to the variety and staying power of the vehemently anti-Christian tirade. What astonishes one is the band’s proficiency given the group’s age, which at this stage stands at less than two years old. If the band’s biography holds true the album has been recorded a mere year following the group’s formation. It is either talent or a gift from Satan. Musically, the band stands somewhere between War and early Hypocrisy with vocalist Gorgoth coming across as a kin of All from War given how his screamed violence is nonetheless partly comprehensible. The reliable production also lends a favourable hand to the band which proves the group did not need James Murphy’s mastering services after all, which was something they had originally planned.
The group slows down from time to time and even introduces the odd melody as on the album’s dying moments, but this disc is certainly not for the faint-of-heart. - Ali “The Metallian”
VANMAKT - AD LUCIFERI REGNUM - PULVERISED
This is more like it. Vanmakt, still a relatively young trio plus session drummer, deliver with their sophomore release. Ad Luciferi Regnum does seem to get faster as it goes along. The opener, The Second Key, has a bit of the slow and melodic that doesn’t appear too often the rest of the way and when it does it doesn’t take away from the quality much at all. A few female sounds are interspersed too but they do not interfere with this speedy black metal on offer here either. Fast riffs, screaming vocals, good doses of blast beats all wrapped in a very good production combine to make Ad Luciferi Regnum one of the best. 'Bombastic' is one term that may be applies here. There is almost 50 minutes of real speed, heaviness, and many other genuine metal ingredients including the likes of a solo or two as heard on Brethren Of Lucifer, to name just one song. Endless Myth has sections that are shades of Marduk. The Ascension might be one song, if any, that can be skipped but the ones following it, Beneath The Moor and Written In Blood, make up for it and close this nine song album very well. - Anna Tergel