The rhythm section also deserves mention, particularly Hellhammer who proves he's as great at jazz or progressive rock percussion at blasting (I found Necrobutcher more interesting on Chimera). While the vocals are the key element to this album, there is some brilliant musicianship present as well. text-align: right; I noticed, looking at the case, that the booklet for the cd was only one page, so I was not expecting lyrics or anything special. What Mayhem was doing on Grand Declaration of War was meant to be uninviting; Zarathustra had, and wanted, few followers. 255)).toString()+")"},H=function(a){a=A(a.f.a,"DIV");a.className=z();return a},E=function(a,b){0>=b||null!=a.a&&0!=a.a.offsetHeight&&0!=a.a.offsetWidth||(fa(a),D(a),l.setTimeout(function(){return E(a,b-1)},50))},fa=function(a){var b=a.c;var c="undefined"!=typeof Symbol&&Symbol.iterator&&b[Symbol.iterator];b=c?{next:g(b)};for(;!c.done;;a.c=[];(b=a.a)&&b.parentNode&&b.parentNode.removeChild(b);a.a=null};var ia=function(a,b,c,d,e){var f=ha(c),k=function(n){n.appendChild(f);l.setTimeout(function(){f? (function(){/* Maniac's vocals provide a lot of the strangeness that makes this album so difficult to process. Furthermore, the composition of these tracks actively eludes anything resembling a “song” in the usual sense of the word, and they sort of blur into one another, each seemingly an evolution into the next, so any notion that you might end up humming them in the shower is right out. The charisma is put to use in an absolutely stunning spoken word performance, bringing to mind a general marshalling his troops to war. Why go back to their roots when the people that loved the debut were never going to accept anything else anyway? Because of the relative merits of the aforementioned parts in the beginning, this will rate slightly higher than it deserves. Well, it's not actually a song at all. You know, the one that nearly every Norwegian band releases to the dismay of a fraction of its fanbase, provoking cries of alienation and disrespect, spurned lovers wiping tears from their eyes as they turn their backs on the present and commence endless cycles of fellatio with the past. Even those songs with electronic influences (specifically "A Bloodsword and a Colder Sun (Part II of II)", "To Daimonian (Part I of III)", and "Completion in Science and Agony (Part II of II)") add this gut-swirling feeling of dread to the music, almost as if this is foreshadowing the new evil of the impending digital age. z-index:999; $('#leftColumn').height($('#rightColumn').height()-250); _comscore.push({ c1: "2", c2: "6772046" }); Of course, that might render this review completely pointless but at the end of the day remember one thing; it doesn’t care about you. Maniac's lilting, too-emphatic voice in these sections reduces monologues which might have been compelling if delivered by a better voice (such as Csihar's) to elaborate and straight-faced self-parody. View From Nihil; Pt. Upon my first listen I seemed to focus upon the things I found to be original and impressive on the album. -autothrall Coming six years after the release of their previous record, it clearly shows how the passage of time and the events taking place in the meantime affected and consequently altered both the band’s style and sound. To follow the concept of the album, the war is about to be declared, the band is preparing. But maybe we didn't get the message clearly enough; GDoW is Mayhem's proud proclamation of rising above the hordes of "kvlt" black metal to forge something entirely their own that not only set them apart from the rest of BM, but seemed to spawn a revolution. This album is like if another band played all the songs. I have never been a fan of Maniac's vocals, mainly because they are very uninteresting and uninspired, in my opinion. A Bloodsword and a Colder Sun: 2. Say what you will about the quality of the riffs, but they're some of the most ambitious I've heard. “Grand Declaration of War” is not about YOUR OPINION, “Grand Declaration of War” is just “Grand Declaration of War”. Blasphemer manages to create a dark, militant atmosphere perfect for the album with his tremolo-picked tritone melodies and minor triads played in his precise style. })(); It’s one of my favourite tracks of all time, and the perfect way to open the album. Mayhem - Grand Declaration of War Album Lyrics; 1. Much like the last EP, the music here really only serves to remind you of this band's complete separation from anything and everything, wrapped up in a cocoon of hatred, misanthropy, and despair. Observe in particular things like the marching intro to “View from Nihil”, or Maniac’s speeches amidst the songs, or the way the album as a whole seems out to satirize black metal convention. Hellhammer, well, he's Hellhammer, but so damn triggered they may as well have used a drum machine. This LP still destroys and is one of the boldest works in Mayhem's output. I also own an original digipak version which I purchased second-hand and discovered that the evil Samaritan who previously owned it had done the hard yards and written the tracks out on a piece of paper). display: none; Perhaps the best way to experience this is first hearing it without even knowing what it is. Contribute Albums. While I am reviewing the original Season of Mist CD from 2000, I am also relying on the digital version tracklisting which is very helpful. //initialize the apstag.js library on the page to allow bidding It's a pity that too little is said about it. Yeah, i dislike this band, and i don't see this being much of a stretch from what they used to do. As I previously stated, this album must be listened to as a whole, not as “songs.” The album progresses quite logically, starting with “A Grand Declaration of War,” a track that falls somewhere between an intro and a traditional song. } While it doesn’t quite have the all-inclusive atmosphere and mystique of its predecessor, it is nevertheless a classic. A word on the recent release of the remixed and remastered version that includes sound replacement by Jaime Gomez Arellano (who ran Paradise Lost’s ‘Medusa’ into the artificially muddy ground…). ","-_"],e=0;5>e;e++){var f=c.concat(d[e].split(""));K[e]=f;for(var k=0;k>2;n=(n& And that, in its own right, is admirable. The spoken word is unnecessary and a total waste of time. The old Mayhem is still here, but in a different way, and style. Sure, progressive rock traits had been incorporated into other such albums, and spoken word passages, but never assembled with this precarious a balance. If you are confused by this, or fail to understand, go back and listen to that release and then compare it to the new one. Is it worth listening to? An electronica song (NOT techno, but I’ll get to that later), a song with two sentences of spoken word followed by silence, a track with a mere seven seconds of silence, and that’s it. With Euronymous dead, Maniac seems to have taken creative direction. 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