MARKRADONN - Final Dying Breath
Reviewed by: Dave Wolff
For a demo this is a monumental effort, denoting the most significant advance in extreme music since Celtic Frost incorporated horn instruments into their songs on To Mega Therion. No small praise to be certain, but warranted nonetheless. My interview with guitarist and founding member Haniel in Autoeroticasphyxium #21, while delving deeply into the creative mindset that fueled the making of this five track recording, still appears to simply scratch the surface of the potential this band displays. A potential that can become a proverbial monster and carry thrash to a new plateau, should it be properly pursued. Final Dying Breath plays not just like a collection of brutal compositions, but also the soundtrack to a short film be it science fiction or sword-and-sorcery fantasy. The six musicians comprising Markradonn handle a variety of string, synth and wind instruments and seem to have undergone a painstaking process to arrange each song so that these instruments create an equally diverse variety of moods, making each moment unique as the listening experience continues. You can almost envision said moods emerge into breathing life as a move that writes and directs itself in the title track, “Internal Hate Unbounded,” “No Redemption, No Forgiveness,” (one of the best tracks here) “Frenzied Winter Sorrow” and “Cathartic Spiritual Purgation.” My sole complaint is that the lyrics weren't included in the cover package. Watch for the band’s upcoming full length Ceremonial Abnegation Part 1 to be released in the near future.