Released: 2012, Agonia Records
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
Ragnarok, who formed back in 1994 are known for being one of the most outstanding examples of Norwegian Black Metal with the band having outlasting a multitude of variations and trends within the metal community. Luckily Ragnarok have kept to their classical black metal style and continue to see their fan base grow.
Malediction is their seventh full-length album release with the album starting with a beautiful intro, sounding like something from a movie soundtrack, before the dark and aggressive black metal sounds kick in accompanied by the gritty and evil vocals which was a great start to the album.
It’s a well produced album with quality sound as you’d expect from such a well established band, with the album being recorded, mixed and mastered by Devo of Marduk's fame at Endarker Studios. I also have to say that I loved the artwork used for this album too.
Each song carries the aggression throughout with fast and intense and unique riffs, accompanied by blistering drum tracks and raspy vocals and impressive bass in each track, but I have to say it didn’t hold my interest throughout and it did get slightly repetitive towards the end.
This isn’t the bands best album in their discography but is certainly still a great album and definitely one that all black metallers need to add to their collection… recommended for fans of Taake, Carpathian Forest, Marduk, etc.
Review by Jo Blackened