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I Am
September 2010
Released: 2010, Nordvis Produktion
Rating: 2.5/5
Reviewer: Robert Williams

Armagedda is a two man black metal project formed in 1999 and hailing from Norrland, Sweden with three previous full length releases to their credit. Despite Armagedda splitting up, this EP release features a lost recording from between 2001 and 2002.

I AM begins with "Den Skrivna Eskatologin" a mid-tempo polka stomp that recalls early Gorgoroth with its ultra raw production value and minimalist musical approach. The drum sound on this release ranges somewhere between "buried in the mix" and "completely fucking intolerable" though what little of the performance can be audible sounds like a solid performance. "De Vanhelgade" is next and features a really caustic opening riff atop gruff vocals soaked in reverb. Much like I AM's opening track, "De Vanhelgade" steers clear of blast beats in favor of a more dirge-y Celtic Frost worshipping formula. The EP's title track "I Am" is a somber death march, gloomy in feel and rich in sorrowful atmosphere. "Cold Eon" is the final track on the I AM EP, recalling the grimier output of early Darkthrone with its black metal meets crust punk delivery.

All in all not really sure to make of this EP. This is my first introduction to Armagedda and after spinning this I'm not left with an uncontrollable urge to seek out their back catalogue, yet at the same time I do not dislike this release. The production value on this release has left me with a feeling of indifference towards the whole affair, really. If necro black metal is your thing, I would suppose I AM might light your skies ablaze. If you are more into the finely polished sonic output of later Emperor and Satyricon this release might come off a bit amateurish and underdeveloped.
Track Listing

1. Den Skrivna Eskatologin
2. De Vanhelgade
3. I Am
4. Cold Eon


Graav - Vocals, Guitar
A - Guitar, Bass

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