MALTA BLACK METAL: PRAYER OF THE DYING/THY LEGION “Into the World’s Oppression” split-7″EP

PRAYER OF THE DYING/THY LEGION (MT) “Into the World’s Oppression” split-7″EP (Nekrogoat Heresy Productions) 4e

If you are chasing down black/death metal from exotic and unlikely places then Malta is a territory to do some research about. As close to Europe as it might be, we rarely hear about any of its bands.

Two BM bands from Malta team up for this one. P.O.T.D. is a one-man affair. Its mastermind seems to be stuck into the early 90’s and more specifically to the two most proeminent BM scenes of that time: Hellas and Norge. “Destructive Minds”, the track he’s offering here sounds in-between “De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas” and “Thy Mighty Contract”.

THY LEGION are supposed to be a full band but they sound to have programmed drums here. This is not a bad thing per se, after all some of my favorite BM recordings have drum machine: early GODKILLER material, MYSTICUM, DECEMBER WOLVES, etc. Anyway, THY LEGION do a decent job attacking with a harsh and ultrafast song, which reminded me of MARDUK and co.

Collector data:

  • Limited to 500 copies.
  • White vinyl
  • Glossy carton sleeve.
  • We received our copies with the upper left corner very slightly bend (see photograph above).
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~ by fieldoperative on September 24, 2011.

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