Friday, 10 October 2014

Montségur - Under the Banner of Witchcraft

'Under the Banner of Witchcraft'

Review by Elek Malcolm-Madill

Genre/s: Black Metal, DSBM
For Fans Of: Darkthrone, Emperor, White Medal, Mütiilation, Vlad Tepes

Russia's Montségur are a bit of an enigma when it comes to info on their background, other than that they're from and presumably based there as well. They're coincidentally one of the bands so far signed to Legion Blotan Records & Distribution, which is the same label that White Medal is signed to. I trusted the label to have pretty decent taste because of White Medal, and decided to take a look at some of their other releases and I've liked what I've been hearing so far- Montségur in particular. Named after "a commune in southwestern France famous for its fortification, the Château de Montségur, that was built on the ruins of one of the last strongholds of the Cathars" according to Wikipedia, Montségur do a great job of either shredding, droning, or moaning their way to black metal success. The album tackles not just black metal, but a few other stylistic variances are thrown in as well, like aspects of depressive suicidal black metal in particular. It's not a terribly long album, but it's very well put together, beginning with a intro of synths and drums softly passing, before quickly transitioning into a good three tracks and finishing off with an eerie synth track that carries the album off really well. Definitely recommended for fans of Les Legions Noires.

1. The Way to the Land of Desperation
2. Dark Spell over the Twilight Hills
3. Worshipers of Forbidden Knowledge
4. Under the Banner of Witchcraft
5. Forgotten Ruins


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