Over the past two decades, Sweden’s Marduk has supplied the world with a steady stream of shaved down, pissed off black metal not shying away from World War II-themed lyrics and battle tank cover art. Marduk’s new three track EP release, “Iron Dawn,” is no exception. If you’re a fan of Marduk’s back catalog, you’ll know what to expect. No more, no less.
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Despite the fact that it ended over sixty years ago, World War II is for many bands the gift that keeps on giving. Marduk continues with their devotion to this motif on “Iron Dawn”. “Warshau 2 – Headhunter Halfmoon” opens up the fifteen minute EP with a siren warning of imminent, anachronistic bombardment. Marduk comes out guns blazing with the trademark brand of tight, brutally fast, thrashy-sounding grimness they’ve presented listeners with over the years. Spliced into the recording are the requisite soundbites of bombs dropping and cannons firing. The rapid assault carries on until the arch of the second track, “Wacht Am Rhein – Drumbeats of Death,” where a drastic drop in velocity to a slow, mosh-like pace exposes the surprisingly clean and crisp sound of the production – guitars in particular.
The bombardment continues on the last track, “Prochorovka – Blood and Sunflowers,” though with the noteworthy addition of an Edith Piaf-like recording scattering in the background. The track slowly builds to a crescendo that never emerges from the droning, high-pitched riff that controls the composition and Marduk finally signs off the way they came in, bombs exploding, guns bellowing. Like a black metal “Saving Private Ryan.”
The release of “Iron Dawn” coincides with Marduk’s appearance at this year’s Maryland Deathfest on May 27. The EP is extremely limited – only 500 copies of the vinyl edition will be available – and will undoubtedly be more of a collectible and a reminder that Marduk is still alive and kicking, than anything else. That having been said, “Iron Dawn” is a solid little EP of Marduk-brand pissed-off and thrashy black metal, that you can slap on and give a listen while you’re killing Nazis in Call of Duty.