Dark Inversion- The Land Of The Dead Warriors
Band Homeland: Bulgaria
Band Homepage: None Found
Label Homepage: http://counterattack.dir.bg
Released in 2001 on Counter Attack Productions, “The Land Of The Dead Warriors” is the first recording from these proud Bulgarian warriors, and if this album is any indication of where they are going musically, I think we’ll hear from this band again.
Consisting of nine songs with a total playing time of just over 46 minutes (the intro and outro count as “songs” but combined are just over 2:30), “The Land Of The Dead Warriors” is a journey through almost every aspect that Black Metal has to offer, from the grim and bitter sounds of pure hatred, to slow and sweeping epic rounds of rousing male choirs, to melodic and upbeat tempos, Dark Inversion appears to have studied the efforts of other bands and applied the lessons they learned well. While some of the formulas might be considered “safe and reliable” by some, I would argue that it isn’t broke, DON’T FIX IT. I am sick of watching band after band try to re-invent the wheel, and failing to do so. This is a welcomed respite for the constant “progress” in the Progressive element of Black Metal.
The more I listen to this album, the more I like it. I’m glad to have come to this only a short while (ok, over a year, but for me that’s like a pre-release!) after it has been released, and knowing that Dark Inversion is an active band gives me hope that the elements I enjoy in Black Metal will survive well into the new millennium.
In all, I think this is a great album. It has a little bit of everything I like in Black Metal without seeming disorganized or unfocused in any way. I’ll be looking for more from this band in the future.