Taake - Whoredom Rife… Pakt (2020)


Featuring two of Norway’s finest Black Metal outfits, Terratur Possessions unleashes “Pakt”, a thunderous split release oozing of raw aggression. With two tracks per band, the listener is treated to new material and a small preview of what is to come from both Taake and Whoredom Rife. Released as a 10” vinyl, this release is essential to any connoisseur of Norwegian BM.

The first side of this release features Whoredom Rife delivering two swift and brutal pieces with the ravaging grimness of “From Nameless Pagan Graves” and the old-school onslaught of “En Lenke Smidd i Blod”. The first track creates a very oppressive crushing atmosphere with pummeling riffs and crafty drums, while the second song has that 90’s Norwegian BM edge filled with hate and epic headbanging passages near the end.

Taake kicks off the second side with the blistering “Ubeseiret”, a track that combines their old-school rawness and the band’s more ‘melodic’ and experimental side. With a slight Black’n’Roll edge, this track has a few surprises in store alongside punishing onslaughts of brutality. With “Heartland” we get to hear the twangier side of the band with a trippy progression, fuzzy guitars and excellent melodic instincts in this Sisters of Mercy cover.

Overall, “Pakt” is one hell of a split release that while short in time, it is long in pain induced. Both bands fire on all cylinders and unleash crushing tracks that are testament to their brutality, creativity and power. Any Black Metal fan will be greatly satisfied by what is presented in this release and will be left thirsty for more.

Band: Taake - Whoredom Rife Album: Pakt

Label: Terratur Possessions

Release: March 20th, 2020

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Genre: Black Metal

Country: Norway

Rating: 92/100

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