Marduk – Viktoria

Rating: 4/5
Label/Distributor: Century Media
Released: 2018
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Album Track Listing
  1. Werwolf
  2. June 44
  3. Equestrian Bloodlust
  4. Tiger I
  5. Narva
  6. The Last Fallen
  7. Viktoria
  8. The Devil’s Song
  9. Silent Night
Band Lineup

Morgan – Guitars
Devo – Bass
Mortuus – Vocals
Fredrik Widigs – Drums


Few bands can compare with Marduk when it comes to longevity and maintained ferocity. Indeed, they continue to put many of their contemporaries to shame, many of them have slid into creative stagnation or commercial pap, or both. These legendary Swedes continue to tend the black flame with as much tenacity and dark devotion as they ever have. It must be difficult to retain their extremity and dedication after fourteen albums and a plethora of EPs and live albums, but somehow they are still a vicious and deadly force.

The album opens with “Werwolf”, which is little more than a glorified air raid siren intro. Simplistic and venomous, it serves as an adequate scene setter. “June 44” showcases Marduk at their archetypal, pummelling best. Snaking, savage riffs and diabolical bellowing offer a devastating body blow. BM par excellence. The arctic blast of “Equestrian Bloodlust” follows. As decomposed, gnarly and vital as a Romero zombie, this feral tune says what it has to say and gets the fuck out! No muss, no fuss.

“Tiger I” offers a slower, more deliberate pace. With its quicksand rhythms, it is a suicidally bleak and suffocating experience. The pack of wolves hunger of “Narva” is up next, and is as frenzied and pitiless as an attack by our lupine friends. Even with its hummable melodies, “The Last Fallen” is still an unholy racket. A deranged and delightful hellride. The title track is a callous and austere collection of hatred and scorn and serves as a superb companion to “The Devil’s Song”, a Satanic warp speed drill to the temple. Proceedings are concluded with the ironically named “Silent Night”. A feast of sumptuous sounds, this is the sound of a band who are utterly focused; they’ve displayed their brutal side and clearly feel able to show off a more subtle approach. A fantastic album closer.

Lyrically the band are still war obsessed, and as pissed off as they were in the early days. This is a more straightforward Marduk than we have heard on their last few albums; there are no revelations like “Accuser/Opposer” or “Funeral Dawn”, the album more closely resembles their mid-90s output. This is not a criticism, as there is plenty to be impressed with, not least the cavalcade of potent riffs. Marduk are clearly still fucking dead! Here’s no peace!

Review By

Owen Thompson