Here is a new review of the split with Bunkur released by Nuclear War Now! finally in 2017/2018, after years of work. If the reviewer has some laudatory comments and appreciates Mordor’s contribution after initial doubts, he has serious concerns about Bunkur’s one. For our part, we really like the musical radicalism of this post-doom band.
Swiss legends Mordor put out their first new material in God knows how long and it’s really quite something.
“Martial beats, synthetic fanfares, generally symphonic pomp heavy on the brass section, overwhelmingly campy marching music crooning dripping with pathos, all with Mordor’s signature spine-chilling guitar tone cutting through it all, it is just so perfect and completely infectuous. The kind of song you could listen to a thousand times and never get bored of it.”
FR/ENG Review – L’accro du Scribe – MORDOR/BUNKUR SPLIT – 2017 NUCLEAR WAR NOW – Torture DOOM Drone DARK Ambient FUNERAL DOOM
“Thus of Mordor, ignoble individuals handling Black Metal, Funeral Doom by letting it macerate in a Dark Ambient Industrial juice. You are told of people who are not good ones to meet !
These henchmen from Sauron and Saruman took the basis of Venom’s « In League With Satan », the emblematic track from their first album « Welcome To Hell » in 1981 and inserted it into a filthy music putrefaction machine from which it emerged as an unidentified object of martial and ambient music, with some hints of Laibach’s friends on an old Funeral Doom background in the cemeteries… ”
Review of the split Bunkur/Mordor released by Nuclear War Now! in 2017/2018, by Blackened Death Metal Zine.
“In my opinion Mordor are a very great sounding experimental mixture of black, funeral doom metal, industrial and ambient and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band.”
Review by This Noise is Ours of the split Bunkur/Mordor released in 2017/18 by Nuclear War Now!
“This split is clearly the work of two bands that both have singular visions of how extreme music should be and for that reason, it is very engaging, though still a hard listen. Fans of the previous work of both Bunkur and Mordor, as well as that of Nuclear War Now! Productions will enjoy this for sure. Less adventurous metal fans might not.”
In reply to a comment, we renamed Venom’s song “In League with Satan” as “In League with Wotan” for several reasons:
1.This is not merely a cover, but a re-creation deconstructing the original structure and foundational building blocks of the track to create an extended composition with additional sections, and a new narrative based on Óðinn’s gnostic quest of knowledge, such as his ordeal mentioned in the Eddic poem Hávamál leading him to the seizing of the runes.
2. Reference is made to Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen in our piece, with for instance the use in a musical part of a leitmotif taken from his monumental Tetralogy. For reasons of assonance with Venom’s title, “Wotan”, one of the leading characters in the opera cycle, was preferred to “Odin”.
Mordor turn Venom’s “In League With Satan” from a punchy fucked up rocker to a tortured doom metal epic that will make you question your sanity, even going so far as to redub it “In League With Wotan” .
Rave review in French of the split Bunkur/Mordor released by Nuclear War Now!, by Hans Cany for the webzine REQUIEM : Dark Music, Arts & Culture.
A very pertinent comparative review of Mordor’s Csejthe (1992) and Von’s Satanic Blood (1992) by Hate Meditations, “armchair rhetoric on extreme metal”. There are also other valuable comparative reviews and meditations on extreme metal which are worth reading.
“Mordor sits well beyond the shadow of Pluto on the very edge of the sun’s orbit, not through blast beats and unrelenting distortion, but through being nightmarishly creepy. Enough familiar features of music are dangled before the listener only to be distorted, disfigured, mutilated. Like rewriting a child’s dreams and fantasies, turning them into something beyond fear. Maybe I didn’t talk it up enough in the above analysis, because as music it seems to rearrange your psyche at the sub-atomic level. I’ll let you decide if that’s a recommendation or not.”
2 great reviews of ODES on metalmusicarchives
“…Recommended for those who love to investigate the origins of the funeral doom metal sound and who crave the lo-fi errancy of the metal underground…”
“The atmospheric dark ambience also brings Burzum’s later work to mind but these three tracks are far more devastating to the human psyche than anything Varg Vikernes could ever conjure up…”