Chuck Schuldiner Project

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Tsatthoggua - Hallelujah Messiah

This is the sort of thing I love about black metal. The deep seated willingness to archive material, to uncover new ideas and to dig through the depths of the genre in a perpetual quest to better understand the nature of evil. Hallelujah Messiah is one such record. A retrospective (And remastered!) look at the early years of the German black metal legends Tsatthoggua. This is a distinctly weird band who I think not enough people really had a chance to uncover. Their unique mix of demented vocals, creepy synths and chainsaw guitars make for something truly special.

Their is a searing might behind the sonic assault of tracks like 'Heirs Of Fire'. This is contrasted with the bombast of the synths. Even their relatively tinny sound, and some of the other lo fi production thrills only serve to make this a more authentic listen. Hallelujah Messiah is a distinctly weird and oppressive release, but it's one that draws you in as a result of this. This record is gleefully twisted and the brutal majesty of these tracks can't help but to excite those of us who really dig in. At a mere twenty two minutes, this is a highly relistenable record too. It reminds us exactly why Tsatthoggua are going to continually go for the throat.

Hallelujah Messiah is an interesting listen. I like the way that it works - as a sort of compilation of some of the bands classic material. while this is by no means an exhaustive release it is certainly one that touches on all the key points of what makes Tsatthoggua such a special record. There is a lot you can be deeply mesmerized with with this album and the deeper I delve into its unique breed of madness the more that I think Tsatthoggua were onto something truly special. Now that the band is reunited and playing festival appearances you have to wonder what will happen next...

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