It all begins quite cliché, an intro which seems to be an alternation of 'The March Of Death', followed by drumrolls, guitars and someone being either tortured or receiving excellent oral sex. But then hell break loose, blastbeats and haunted screams take over and create some fierce old school black metal.
Illness hails from Poland, a country with an obscure black metal tradition. Next year they can celebrate fifteen years of sickening morbidity and play songs from over ten releases. If so, I really hope they come over to Belgium because I want to see some songs from this e.p. in a live setting.
'Dødskyggen' is probably one of the most 'normal' black metal songs on this album, driving on hyperspeed blast beats and traditional riffs. There's also some old school heavy or thrash metal elements present but the majority of both this song and its predecessor is bleak, cold and downright wicked.
But then things get even stranger. Not yet in the excellent 'The Kingdom Comes' (a Mysticum Cover) but in the haunting 'Grobowa Mg³a'. Here black metal is combined with film noir fancy fair music and a number of samples and industrial elements. The result is mesmerizing, intense and bizarre to say the least. This song will haunt your dreams.
The industrial elements are also present in closer 'Cranium', which is another odd piece of extreme music. It's mainly these two songs that I'd like to see performed live, and especially the crowd reaction to this music. Fact is, I really dig this experimental urge. It's daring, that's true but it's so damn awesome.