MYSTICUM's second album, Planet Satan. The latest milestone in black metal supremacy from the Norwegian pioneers. Having achieved almost mythical status in black metal lore, Planet Satan had been rumoured since the late 1990s, following the band's debut release, 1996's In the Streams of Inferno. Unifying the core trio of Herr General Cerastes, Svartravn & DrBest, Planet Satan eventually saw release in 2014 to great acclaim. A work of intense and otherworldly black metal injected with MYSTICUM's strong cosmic, satanic and psychedelic overtones, Planet Satan welcomed a rejuvenated MYSTICUM to the new millennium with unrelenting force, whilst retaining the core elements which made the Norwegians pioneering legends of industrial black metal. Both infernal and nihilistic, as well as apocalyptic in its scope and execution, Planet Satan became a new milestone for the genre in its sublime, chaotic ferocity. Primitive minor-chord riff patterns & tortured vocals mixed with the band's manic and often unconventional programmed drum beats makes this an eerily hypnotic work of the darkest order.
The industrial elements from the prior album are mostly gone, and the overall feeling and atmosphere seems to be taken away in favor of a more straightforward onslaught of tremolo riffs and frantic programmed drums. However, when looking at the album on its own, and not as a “come back record” or comparing to the prior release, there are some really enjoyable moments on the record. - Metal Observer3/5
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