Krieg are a band from New Jersey that has been featured plenty of times before in this zine and this is a review of a recording that was originally released in 1998 and displayed a more raw sound than what was to be featured on later recordings and the album is called "Sono Lo Scherno" and was re-issued in 2017 by Inferna Profundus.
Dark ambient style synths start off the album before adding in a brief use of spoken word samples which also leads to a very fast and raw musical direction which also uses a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats while the vocals are mostly grim and high pitched black metal screams.
All of the musical instruments on the recording have a very powerful sound to them while classical music samples are also used briefly along with the songs also bringing in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and the riffs also bring in a small amount of melody at times.
Spoken word samples along with some dark ambient elements also return on some the later tracks while a couple of the later songs are instrumentals and as the album progresses their are some deep and demonic vocals which also gives the music more of a bestial feeling as well as a brief use of Gregorian chants, acoustic guitars can also be heard briefly and they also bring in a cover of Nunslaughter's "Power Of Darkness".
On this recording Krieg played a style of black metal that was more raw and lo-fi than their later releases while also not being afraid to experimental with their sound, the production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics cover hate, war, destruction and blasphemous themes.
In my opinion this was a very great sounding recording from Krieg and if you are a fan of this band, you should check out this re-issue. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Knights Of The Holocaust" "Hallucinations In The Withered Eden" and "Shadows Of The Fallen Kingdom". 8/5 out of 10.