This is one of those albums that could be easily dismissed by persons who don’t truly love and appreciate Black Metal. On the face of it, there is nothing special about Nekrokrist SS’s second full-length. Certainly fuck all innovative, ground-breaking or exceptional happening on ‘Der Todesking’. However, rather ironically, therein lies it strength.
It’s hard to beat straight-forward Black Metal executed with feeling. These guys clearly eat, sleep and breathe the genre and this album is one of the best run-of-the-mill records you are likely to encounter. Loaded with genuine hatred, an icy atmosphere and some devilish melodies, all trapped inside an ancient (comforting) sound, ‘Der Todesking’ is both spectacularly unspectacular and unspectacularly spectacular.
A triumph for the ordinary. And a timely reminder of why I started listening to this kind of music in the first place.