Album Title: Destruction Ritual
Label: Red Stream
This is the second full-length album from Krieg. As would be expected from Krieg, it's raw, chaotic Black Metal.
I've always liked Krieg's work, but I'd be the first to admit that they've never been a very technical band - they place spirit and atmosphere before clean production and neat instrumentation. As far as I'm concerned, that's just as it should be.
That said, the first thing I noticed upon listening to this is the one hundred percent improvement in every aspect of this band. The guitar work is much more precise, while still corrosive. The drums here are also miles better than on the "Rise of the Imperial Hordes" recording. The vocals are the best performance from Imperial since his work with Weltmacht - in many places I think they're even better. Best of all, the aforementioned spirit and atmosphere that is Krieg's hallmark is still present.
The songwriting deserves special mention, as Krieg has added a good deal of complexity without compromising aggression. Some of these tracks were present on Krieg's "The Church" Mcd and "The Black Plague" collection of early recordings, though they seem to have been re-recorded for this album. Even so, this album is a must-have for anyone who has found worth in Krieg's earlier works. Those who have previously shunned the band may also find this album of interest, as it represents the finest example of Krieg's attack to date.
Standout Tracks: "Destruction Ritual", "To Wander the Stars...", "Enhanced Soil Where Fierce Battles Once Raged"