This record was a shock to the hardcore and emo crowd, but I loved it and I still do. That's what happens when hardcore punk "kids" grew up with Amebix, early Black Metal, Winter, Candlemass, The Obsessed, Neurosis or Carnage and try to create something on their own. And Zorn's attempt is light-years away from all those metalcore bands who repeat the same Slayer (US, Belgium...) or Bolt Thrower (Germany) riff over and over again. I really wish that Zorn would be a band that is named for a definition of metalcore but you can't always want to have one's cake and eat it.
Some vocal/ singing parts here remind me of Ulver and the lyrics are really, really metal including all the - intended - pathos.
The artwork also reflects the love for sado-masochism of the owner of Maximum Voice Production, but I do not know if it was his wish or a coincidence.
Funny sidenote: "Im Nirgendwo" was covered by the German vegan straight edge semi-legend Megatonin.
1. Zeremonie des Abschieds
3. Hinter der Sonne
4. Erebos II
1. Im Nirgendwo
3. Durch Schmerz, in Stein
4. Die tödliche Sünde
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