Slagmaur were recently flown out to play Saint Vitus Bar, I hadn't listened to them in years but I stayed because they had cool masks and who knew when I would get a chance to see them again? I was very glad that I did stay though- there set was one of the most impressive I have seen from black metal bands in years, defined by powerful riffs, potent grooves and some really fucking creepy masks. So when I got Thill Smitts Terror the bands first record in eight years I couldn't help but freak out a little.
The band has always sat firmly in the avant garde, and yet that being said the group uses Thill Smitts Terror to put a special emphasis on songwriting. To remind us time and time again of the inherent power of this kind of music and to coke us out every time we think to stray. Thill Smitts Terror is a wonderfully creepy album. It's an album that uses traditional second and third wave of black metal ideas in conjunction with a very eerie keyboard playing what are oftentimes circus inspired melodies in order to leave the listener with a visceral experience and one that will leave them wetting their pants in terror.
There are few records out there that can sound as out and out scary as this one without being in general violation to what heavy metal should be. What makes Slagmaur so impressive is that even though they very much adhere to traditional heavy metal polemics they are able to raise the hairs on the back of my neck and send a shiver down my spine. Thill Smitts Terror is a record that invokes far darker creations and reminds us why we all fell in love with this music in the first place - it's gloriously fucked up.
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