"Depression of Sutr"

Depressive black metal band Moloch has compiled a “best of” compilation of Pr. Sergiy’s individual feats of self-annihilation on “Depression of Sutr.” With the notable exception of a few previously imprisoned tracks, this release allows those located outside of Eastern Europe to embrace the scarred and frostbitten arms of Moloch’s music. With tracks pulled from the flesh of “Trauer,” “Verdandi,” the up-coming full-length offering “
Der Schein des schwarzesten Schnees“ and many more, this is a recycled release that still provides the listener with an alarming dose of humanity.“Ljosalfaheimer” is a victory over the sun, containing dark chords and even darker screams. Pr. Sergiy’s voice skins his throat and escapes as a scratchy, tormenting yelp. There are no illuminating sigils on “Depression of Sutr,” only black metal-induced blindness. “Svartalfaheimr” runs rampant with a sense of randomness occurring underneath a constant guitar/drum line as cries of delirium paint the background.

The rest of the tracks ending in “heimr” are all cannibalized from “A Journey to Vrydin.” The album was obviously full of painful desperation that acts as a strong, intoxicating catalyst.
With another ambient track to sound the quiet trumpets, signifying another section of this compilation, “Echoes of Nidd” ends of the more traditional depressive cut and begins the folk-inspired state of aberration. Smooth and curiously unsettling, it leads into the melting hell of title track, “Depression of Sutr.” Whispering screams and winding instruments craft the sense of drifting into a ghostly realm. The music is a mix between black metal and the techno track you might hear playing in a Horror Movie soundtrack. “Syglr for Essence” deviates from the calmer tracks leading up to it with an explosive display of insanity. Everything about this song is a loud eruption of confusion.

The next bites are from “Trauer” and give you a glimpse of more traditional styled black metal. Pr. Sergiy shows a wide array of his skill on this compilation, displaying skillful hands at many different forms of black metal. “Through the Halo of Fire-brands (BulgAryan version)” is juiced up, chaotically fast black metal coldness. “Hail Black Metal Krieg (Part II)” travels along the same lines, fusing the styles of “Syglr for Essence” with “Through the Halo…” The Darkthrone cover of “En As I Dype Skoggen” will surprise many with its hugely unconventional approach. Ending with a Burzum cover of “Illa Tidani,” Moloch ends it all with a creeping, instrumental shot to the head.

This is a CD worth buying and Moloch of the Ukraine is definitely a band you need to look up. You probably can’t get your hands on all of the releases covered here and there are new tracks as well. Plus, this album is one huge mind-warp of black metal, compilation album or not. With a ton of variation throughout these 19 tracks, you’ll find something that should inspire you to view the world in a deeper shade of grey.

"Misanthropie ist der einzige Weg zur Reinheit"jkjkjk

Sculpted from deep depression and hate, Moloch has unleashed another gracious contribution to black metal with full-length, “Misanthropie ist der einzige Weg zur Reinheit.” The title means “Misanthropy is the Only Way to Purity,” which goes along with the themes of nature, misanthropy and dark, personal emotions that Moloch is known for. After forming in 2002, Moloch has released a countless back-catalogue of demos, splits and full-lengths, proving that this one-man band truly wants to infest the world with suicidal thoughts. Lending his hand to many projects and releases, Pr. Sergiy has crafted Moloch to embody the coldness and mystery of a forest at night, running wild with his inner demons.

After an instrumental and a quiet beginning of cavernous screams, an axe hits you in the back of the head as the vocals are released to full extent on “Das ist in Vergessenheit Grenten”. Painful cries melt into a creeping atmosphere. Most of the tracks start with a large ambient passage and end with one, the black metal weaved into the middle, spacing in and out of melancholy and misanthropy. The next track, “Durch Schwarz silberne Hallen eines sterbendon Winters” has a different form, made up completely of extremely fuzzed guitars and fading vocals, almost like the music you’d hear in some crazed rave with blood-red lights flashing all over the room. There are some folk parts in this track and “Die Vergangenheit im Wechsel” to add a feeling of solitude, being alone and away from society.

For the most part, you’ll get your dose of black metal heroin, but you’ll also get a ton of intravenous atmosphere. Moloch bleeds nature, agression and depression and so many parts seem Burzum-ish; the instrumentals, sounding much like the album “Daudi Baldrs” and the rest, of pure black metal noise. A track like ““Meine heidnisch-spirituelle Reise durch die Walder der Gefallenen,” begins with a piano part, seemingly too gentle for this kind of music and is a welcome contrast. It ends in an aura of desperate screams and a thunderstorm, which sounds like Pr. Sergiy is metal, Ukrainian band Moloch will offer up some of the coldest music out there. You have to be able to not need constant blasting to enjoy this band, because the approach is not to fill your void with music, but to cause a void withidrowning in the heavy rainfall.

The only deterrence for anyone buying this album is if they can’t understand why so much ambient parts are needed to full capture the essence of Moloch, of Pr. Sergiy. “Mianthropie ist der einzige Weg zur Reinheit,” is so confusing, without a clear ending and beginning to songs. Mind you, this doesn’t arise from lack of skill, but from a Nietzschean perspective, in only allowing those worthy to understand, to be able to understand. This album shows Moloch much improved and is a demon worth conjuring on your own.