Krieg - Destruction Ritual CD Review

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2005-11-09 : dr
I dug Rise of the Imperial Hordes, but this is total crap. I've listened to this disc over and over, hoping that eventually something would sink in, and then realized it's just bad. Okay, so they're going for an ear piercing sound but I can't decipher anything but like 3 riffs on this whole damn disc. Yes, it's painful to listen too, but not in a good way. It's just annoying, not dark or disturbing.
2005-10-21 : INFESTER
In the dead heat of a boiling summer..this will take you to december and beyond!!



BUY AND DIE!!!!!!!!!!

2004-08-21 : Emperor Lucifer : Link
This is Abstract Black Metal Art, and in my opinion Krieg's best album, "The Black House" will never be as good as this. This is pure hate in the form of music. Buy This Along With "The Church" NOW!
2004-05-22 : Necromancy
Krieg is the best fucking black metal band ever!and this release shows it.

many hails to lord Imperial and Krieg!
2002-12-09 : Ostonegu
This one took a while to really register its full genius, but once the abrasions were felt in force, I was hooked. It slices, it dices, it kills...This is raw hatred without a safety net; a fist to the face, wrapped with razor wire and encrusted in broken glass. Pick up this cd and revel in its immanent terror.
2002-08-25 : HIDDEN THRONE zine (BOSNIA) : Link
Another raw black metal from Red Stream. Evil voice, spoken intro and than, you guess it... blaaasts. The only thing that breaks monotonous drumming is drummer's inability to keep the steady tempo, but you can't say he's bad; it just seems that he, as well as the rest of the band, push them selves to the extreme playingwise doesn't matter if it hurts the listening effect, and that might be the goal - to actually reach the point where music becomes annoying, or "forget about the technique, give all you can to bring the sonic torture". Kind of what Hellhammer perfected in the old days, only they weren't doing it on high speed. If that was their aim, I can tell that they have succeeded, I only wonder why they chose this particular subgenre?
2002-08-04 : greyandblack : Link
This is the second full-length album from Krieg. As would be expected from Krieg, it's raw, chaotic Black Metal.

I've always liked Krieg's work, but I'd be the first to admit that they've never been a very technical band - they place spirit and atmosphere before clean production and neat instrumentation. As far as I'm concerned, that's just as it should be.

That said, the first thing I noticed upon listening to this is the one hundred percent improvement in every aspect of this band. The guitar work is much more precise, while still corrosive. The drums here are also miles better than on the "Rise of the Imperial Hordes" recording. The vocals are the best performance from Imperial since his work with Weltmacht - in many places I think they're even better. Best of all, the aforementioned spirit and atmosphere that is Krieg's hallmark is still present.

The songwriting deserves special mention, as Krieg has added a good deal of complexity without compromising aggression. Some of these tracks were present on Krieg's "The Church" Mcd and "The Black Plague" collection of early recordings, though they seem to have been re-recorded for this album. Even so, this album is a must-have for anyone who has found worth in Krieg's earlier works. Those who have previously shunned the band may also find this album of interest, as it represents the finest example of Krieg's attack to date.

Standout tracks: "Destruction Ritual", "To Wander the Stars...", "Enhanced Soil Where Fierce Battles Once Raged"
2002-08-04 : Sinister Mephisto : Link
"No bass was used on this recording: nothing but sheer audial torture." Ah…gotta love that from the flag-bearer of USBM, Krieg. The material was written in 1998-1999 and recorded at various sessions between 1999 and 2001, "Destruction Ritual" is full of wholesome goodness I call raw black metal. No keyboards, no female vocals, no candy-arse lead guitar solos, only pure black metal torture. The vocals are cold and grim, drums are evil, and the guitars are just menacingly raw. That's all I ask from black metal bands these days…so is that too much to ask?! The album is mostly filled with fast and aggressive music with the occasional slowing-down-to-mid-paced-beats-to-give-a-breather sections. Apart from the unprocessed sound of this album, the one other thing I truly love about it is how the music is in parallel with the message of hatred and evil. With most black metal albums these days, they've got some evil parts but then you hear some wussy orchestrated keyboard crap that negates everything good about it. They're just not genuine enough for me to be interested in. Krieg, however, will always be real black metal with integrity intact. I bet your life on it. Did I mention (Lord) Imperial plays all the instruments except the drums?? Well, just like the kind of black metal Krieg plays, it's true. PS. Listen at full volume, always!
2002-07-29 : hatenumber6
insult-driven lo-fi bores won't get this band, Krieg's ethic, their spirit or their will. see Boyd Rice, Non, Brighter Death Now for nightmare equivalents outside metal. the harsher and more unlistenable, the better. the pummeling sameness of primal hatred is nearly perfect here.
Thursday, March 28, 2002 - 10:53:34 PM : MetalManiac
Okay more crap from that suppossed to make me scared more like bored. Marduk does this music better and sounds better. Worst crap ever!
Maybe if they could get some talent and learn to produce maybe all these cds wouldn't sound like total shit! Not likely! Too Cheap and Fake Fucks trying to be Norwegian Black Metal>..Sorry not buying it! Best to pick up the new Marduk or Impaled Nazarene!
Wednesday, March 27, 2002 - 10:23:05 AM : S.R. Prozak
This is my favorite from Krieg so far (although don't miss the collected works). All of the raw sensation of emotional dissonance with a lightly taken but heartily conceived sense of structure, this release is like a trojan horse for an assault of negativity on the intellect. There have only been a handful of bands in the past five years who have contributed to metal, and this is one of them. Don't miss out. (See also my reviews of Destruction Ritual on and
Thursday, January 03, 2002 - 10:26:17 PM : Kamer0n
Hails Imperial! Destruction Ritual is Krieg's best release yet! Pure raw and hateful black metal.