Originally written by Erik Thomas
I’m not really sure how to review a ‘Best of’ album from an artist I really don’t care for, nor am I familiar with. Hungarian vocalist and recent arrestee Attila Csihar has been involved with and has apparently left his mark on the extreme music scene. His most notable project being Aborym, but over his 15 year career, he has been involved in lots of side projects, as well as numerous guest appearances.
What you get here is a retrospective of all his rare and unreleased tinkering; from his start in Tormentor, through Aborym, and to his experimental electronic band Plasma Pool. After much thought on how to present this album, I simply decided to list each project track and my thoughts.
Aborym: “Out of Shell” (2003). A track from the latest Aborym album With No Human Intervention, a cool track that shows of Csihar’s best traits; black metal fused with ambient electronica and classical instrumentation.
Plasma Pool: “Chanceless Religion” (1992). A live recording of his brief electronic project, while challenging for its time, it’s pretty rudimentary and has since been done infinitely better.
Tormentor: “Heaven” (1988). A pretty rocking, raw black ‘n’ roll demo track from 1988 from his first band – blistering and energetic, but lacking production.
Korog: “Worshipping of Current” (2002). A terrible mix of black metal and avant-garde artistic quirkiness from 2002. Thankfully, Csihar only did one album with this awful band.
Anaal Nathrakh: “Avatism” (2002 remix). With Csihar on vocals, from the Anaal Nathrak’s When Fire Reigns Down From the Sky EP. This simply being Anaal Nathrakh makes it superb.
Mayhem: “Cursed for Eternity” (1993). An alternate mix from the De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas album. I never cared for Mayhem, so an alternate version of a song I don’t really dig does nothing for me, but you Mayhem cultists will enjoy this, no doubt.
Plasma Pool: “Story of Flying” (1992). More techno/electronic ambience, this time better produced, but still utter crap.
Professor Fate: “Ghost Dance” (2002). Now this is interesting. More side project fun with Irumator from Anaal Nathrakh. Haunting ambience with tribal beats, droning riffs and classical ‘movie score’ backing. Very cool. I’m looking forward to the supposed upcoming full length album.
Limbonic Art: “Serpently Inspired” (2001). Essentially a recorded jam session while visiting his Norwegian Friends in Limbonic Art. Nothing special, unless you’re a die hard Limbonic Art collector.
Emperor: “Funeral Fog” (1999). From the Mayhem tribute album with Csihar on vocals. It’s Emperor covering Mayhem. Need I say more?
Plasma Pool: “False the Saints” (1992). Why this crap is on here 3 times, I have no idea.
Aborym: “Here is No God” (2000). A remixed track from Fire Walk With Us. Futuristic black metal that really doesn’t come across too well.
Mayhem: “Freezin’ Moon” (1993) More Mayhem re-recording with Csihar on vocals.
Tormentor: “Trance” (1988). Considering when it was recorded, it’s pretty experimental and savage, but its sound hurts it.
I should mention this CD has an unlisted additional mp3 track from Sunn O))) with Csihar doing vocals in Sanskrit. Overall, not a really ‘needed’ album, or an album I enjoy too much, and it contains too much of Csihar’s shitty stuff (Plasma Pool), but the Professor Fate is teasing at a brilliant combination that should be worthwhile. It looks like the ecstasy pills he enjoys had far more of a influence on his music, and this collection shows his ‘all over the place’ styling, but personally, if there wasn’t an Attila Csihar, the black metal scene wouldn’t miss a beat, despite his mysterious celebrity status within black metal circles. Many of the bands on this compilation were great without his re-working or involvement.
One word review: Unnecessary.