Album Title: Stormlegion
Label: Planet Metal
This is the first album from Kommandant, an American band playing black/death metal.
The production on this album is clear and concise, with the perfect amount of grit on the guitars and shouted vocals. The drums and vocals are strongly emphasized in the mix, but they don't drown out the guitars. It's a bit hard to hear the individual bass parts when everything's blasting, but there's plenty of low-end just the same.
Kommandant plays militant black/death metal, but their songwriting is a lot more coherent and polished than many of the so-called "war metal" bands, which is either a good thing or a bad thing depending on one's point of view! There's only one song on the album longer than four minutes, yet the varied songwriting makes these tracks seem quite epic. Each track is packed with vicious riffs and killer drum work, and most of them incorporate tempo changes as well. The blasting sections are especially noteworthy -- clever guitar lines and excellent drum fills lend them tons of variety. In fact, I can't say enough about the drumming, which is perfect throughout, handling both mid-paced martial parts and full-speed sections with ease. The lyrics are also pretty great, with plenty of shout-along chorus parts amongst the bloody-minded words of war.
The songs on Stormlegion are raging yet catchy, and at just under forty minutes of music, there's just enough here to whet the appetite for another listen, but not so much that you get tired of it. Fans of Bestial Warlust, Revenge, Sanguis Imperem, and Operation Winter Mist will find a lot to like here. Recommended.
Standout Tracks: "Siege Engine", "No Compassion", "Ravenous Conquest"