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Limited Edition Digibook Edition with 20 page booklet.
You sit in the ultimate departure's lounge. Trembling. Soon you'll embark on the final leg of your journey. Destination: death. Discarded chaotically around you - like unwanted gifts - is the wreckage of another wasted life. A tangled web of deception, deceit, betrayal and ignorance. The baggage of your life is a litany of shattered dreams, broken promises, forlorn hopes, pathetic achievements and worthless acquisitions. This is your life. This is who you are. There has been no meaning to any of it. Every selfish breath was in vain. Your life is rubble. Scattered here, abandoned there... this is the sum total of a lifetime's work. It amounts to nothing. No value can be placed on your pointless existence. Your number is called. You walk slowly towards the departure gate. The bells chime as a condemned man shuffles onto the platform. Dead man walking. There is nothing to fear; no need to resist. For this is a journey we must all negotiate. Take this opportunity to reflect on the hollowness of your deeds, then let HELL MILITIA - sounding more mature, subtler, darker and more focused than hitherto - escort you to your final destination.
Hell Militia's Last Station on the Road to Death is the followup to their 2005 debut Canonisation of the Foul Spirit, which had a pretty excellent title and cover, yet offered little more than the bare minimum you expect when you spin a black metal record: dark, gruesome tones but little to no interesting procession of notes and chords. On the spectrum of darkness, they fall quite far to the right, churning out a pure and traditional sequence that draws from the Norse classics of Mayhem, Darkthrone, Bathory and Burzum, but ends up reminding one of the orthodox Swedish bands like Ondskapt. To their credit, they are fully capable of mixing and producing a dense mesh of hostility that never quite feels comfortable or safe in the slightest, and the members have a wealth of experience in other French acts like Vorkreist, Merrimack, Gestapo 666, Arkhon Infaustus, Antaeus, and so forth. - From the Dust Returned 3/5