Monday, April 13, 2009

Wurdulak – Ceremony in Flames

Ceremony in Flames

Wurdulak is (was?) a blackened death metal side-project band featuring members of Necrophagia, Immortal, Mayhem and Bloodthorn. Ceremony in Flames has an old-school feel to it. Wurdulak’s black metal side is influenced by Mayhem (duh) and Bathory. The band’s death metal influence is the sloppy, down-tuned, late-80s sound of bands like Autopsy, Pungent Stench and Impetigo. “Cauterizing the Wounds of Christ” is the best example of two older sounds combining together to make a killer song.

Phil Anselmo has a connection to Wurdulak, aside from his friendship with vocalist Killjoy. Ceremony in Flames was one of the early releases from Anselmo’s Housecore label. Also, Bard Faust from Emperor wrote the lyrics to “Containment of Inferno.” As you can imagine, this record was tremendously hyped when it was released. Wurdulak never turned into the modern Bathory or any of that junk, but Ceremony in Flames is a solid album.

Wurdulak – Ceremony in Flames


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