Ragnarok – Collectors Of The King (2010)

Featuring a completely re-vamped lineup that only contains original drummer Jontho, Ragnarok is back to defend it’s underground Black Metal crown. The band has never gotten too big, but their music speaks for it self: a healthy dose of True Black Metal that does not sound like it was recorded in the toilet.

With ten tracks and around 40 minutes of music, “Collectors of the King” marks the band’s return after 6 years since their well received “Blackdoor Miracle” album. The band does not bullshit around, and with “Collectors Of The King” they provide a very powerful tour-de-force performance.

We are fans of good Black Metal and Ragnarok is one of those bands that we constantly listen to after reviewing a bad BM release (to get the ‘bad taste out’). And with “Collectors Of The King” that have proven to us that this band with time it can only get better. Jontho is clearly the creative force behind this band, since regardless of the line-up changes the band still display great ability at creating music.

The guitar work, as you can expect, is great creating this whirlwind feeling like you are in the center of a musical hurricane. The drumming is top not and fast as hell, standard in pure Black Metal releases. Tempo changes are well introduced into the music to keep things fresh and avoid them getting tedious. Overall the music structure is very basic and yet powerful and fresh.

The vocals are great and sound like any other top notch BM vocalist like Pest, Attila, etc. All lyrics are in English and provide a nice insight into the band’s demented little world.

There is not much you can say about a near perfect release other than to go and get it and enjoy it for yourself. This band has been playing solid music since 1994 and they seem no signs of slowing down so buckle up and enjoy the ride.

Band: Ragnarok Album: Collectors Of The King
Label: Regain Records

Release: March 22th, 2010

Official Site myspace
Genre: Black Metal

Country: Norway

Rating: 88/100

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