Monday, February 21, 2011

Varathron - His Majesty at the Swamp (1993)

For a brief period in the early 1990s, Greek metal bands zeroed in on the "epic but not cheesy" market. This album is the best of the bunch as far as I'm concerned.

Tempos rarely rise above a mid-paced stomp, giving this album the feel of Celtic Frost's "Procreation of the Wicked" or one of Iron Maiden's longer epics, and this album is full of harmonic minor single-string riffs. Also, do you guys remember when Dave Mustaine freaked out about sharing a bill with Rotting Christ and also had beef with Dissection? Hilarious.



Peter said...

That part in Some Kind of Monster where Dave Mustaine talks about how he broke some guy's leg at a party is awesome, and he also cries.

Todd said...

Dude I just read the whole Mustaine autobiography, and it is awesome. Get your hands on it or borrow it from Polak.