Review: Marduk – “Iron Dawn EP”

By: Ross Gnarly

“Warschau 2 – Headhunter Halfmoon” opens with a blaring siren and a furious attack ensues. The music is fast and brutal. In the vein of your typical black metal but with less atmosphere and more of a death metal vibe. The vocals are very strange. I’m not sure what it is about them, just doesn’t sit right with me. The music is more than promising, however. I love everything except for that siren that keeps popping up. The vocals are alright, just not something I’m digging 100%. I love the riffing. It has a very trashy aspect to it as well. The drumming is a full on melee of blast beats that I am loving. Since I have never really been a big Marduk fan, I can’t honestly judge this compared to past material. I listened to the band here and there over the years, but not enough to make a fair comparison. Over all, not bad.   

“Wacht Am Rhein Drumbeats of Death” opens with gunfire before the (ironic) machine gun drumming and lightning fast riffing comes in. The vocals are still bothering me a little, but I can deal with it. I like these vocals, just not with this style of music. The riffing is great, seems rather simple, but effective. The drumming is complex and punishing. There is a calm section in the middle of the track that I’m digging. Really enjoying this main riff. It’s great. Another calm section before the track closes out. Not a terrible track either.

“Prochorovka – Blood and Sunflowers” opens with more gunfire and some strange ’40s music by the sound of it. The guitars slowly fade in along with the drums. This has a very dooming, ambient vibe to it. The vocals come in and I can actually handle them on this track. They seem to fit better for some reason. There’s not much to the riffing on this track at first. Around the two minute mark it actually starts moving. Still slow and steady, but more active than before. The drums sound like they were recorded alone in a tin can. I’m not liking that whatsoever. Did Bob Rock produce this? Sounds like his work on the drums. Nothing against Marduk, I just hate that trashcan sound. I still like the riffing and the vocals, however. They work good with each other. I do think that the drums really bring this track down. Not actually the drums, just the production of the drums. Anyway, that’s that. Not the worst thing I’ve ever heard, but not the best either. Good job, anyway.

Rating: 2.5/5
For fans of: Dark Funeral, Funeral Mist, Carpathian Forest
Favorite track: “Warschau 2 – Headhunter Halfmoon”

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