While another release from The 3rd Attempt wouldn’t get so much as a shrug from most metalheads, I’ve been fucking waiting all year for Egocidal Path. As anyone might be able to tell from reading 2015’s Born in Thorns review, I love anything Tchort gets his hands on. Be it Carpathian Forest, Green Carnation, or Blood Red Throne, I’m there. And being that the debut was a solid release of Nattefrost and Carpathian Forest-inspired black ‘n’ roll, I can’t help but get excited about the follow-up. While the debut stuck to the safe, classic black ‘n’ roll of CF—deviating only slightly in songwriting and vocal approach—Egocidal Path tosses aside some of the tried-and-true maneuvers for Kama Sutra-like expeditions. So, grab your gas mask and wrap yourself in barbed wire, it’s time to get sexy.

I mean, don’t get me wrong, there’s plenty of Carpathian Forest black ‘n’ roll in Egocidal Path. Especially in numbers like “Blood, Dope and Black N Roll,” “Black Metal Alchemist,” and “Egocide.” But the band has taken the elements introduced on Born in Thorns and expanded on them. In particular, The 3rd Attempt unloads more melodic black metal riffage (“Reflections about Knives” and “I’ll Do It Now”), epic, building death chugs (“Egocide”), and relentless Blood Red Throne pummelings (“The Disciples”). Not to mention there’re many-a-bark, rasp, and clean vocal throughout Egocidal Path.

If you’re looking for those classic, layered/alternating CF rasps/barks on Egocidal Path, you’ll find them on songs like “Black Metal Alchemist.” If you’re looking for deep, deathy growls, mosey on over to “Egocide.” And if you need Ødemark’s “clean” yells and screams, hopscotch along “Into the Light,” “I’ll Do It Now,” and “The Oath.” Though none of the vocal contributions are surprising (especially if you’ve heard Born in Thorns), the arrangments and incorporations on Egocidal Path are smoother, more concise, and much more diverse than the debut.

But vocals are only part of a song’s success. And the top songs are “Egocide,” “I’ll Do It Now,” and closer “The Oath.” “Egocide” opens with a brewing storm, setting the tone with a dark, unsettling atmosphere. Then, the suspense snaps with neck-cracking Blood Red Throne chugs that grow throughout the song and have my head snapping to the end. The result is the most-complete song the band has ever written. Follow-up “I’ll Do It Now” is a close second on the album, using Ødemark’s sinister clean vox to the greatest effectiveness. But, that’s not all this song has going for it. After grabbing your attention with the chorus, the song takes a sharp turn—unleashing blackened death chaos and transitioning into a blackened thrash battery. From here, the rest of the album resorts to cranial total war, growing faster and heavier with each new piece. And, then, climaxing at the closer. “The Oath” takes the hint and cruises at 100 mph from the start to finish—never letting up, even when the desperate quasi-cleans arrive to add a final dynamic to this black metal beaut.

That said, there are flaws in this disc of obsidian. The riffs, attitude, and general badassery of opener “Blood, Dope and Black N Roll” can’t be argued, but it’s near seven-minute length is far too much. Likewise, the destructive, balls-out “The Disciples” loses some of its effectiveness by being about a minute too long. Though “Into the Light” and “Black Metal Alchemist” don’t suffer from the same bloatedness of their predecessors, they do suffer from mediocrity. Not to mention that the almost Peavy-esque (Rage) cleans in “Into the Light” stand out in a distracting way. Neither song is terrible but they do little to drive Egocidal Path forward.

As the final distorted chords of “The Oath” fade away, I’m rather pleased with the end result. In the end, Egocidal Path has the same pros and cons as Born in Thorns, with both records being a helluva good time. It could be a touch more concise and a song or two could use improvement or elimination, but it’s a great palette cleanser to all the deep, depressive black metal of 2017. If you like this style and crave a master of the CF riff, Egocidal Path is all the blood, dope, and black ‘n’ roll you’ll need for the rest of the year.

Rating: 3.0/5.0
DR: 6 | Format Reviewed: 128 kbps mp3
Label: Dark Essence Records
Websites: 3rdattempt.bandcamp.com | facebook.com/the3rdattemptofficial
Releases Worldwide: December 1st, 2017

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  • Yikes. It’s like smashing pumpkins, deafheaven and bathory rolled into one with some stale riffs from 1993.

  • Eli Valcik

    I have a weird relationship with Carpathian Forrest, I love Black Shining Leather, (especially that part in the Swordsman where he is all like “BANNERS OF WAR!!! BANNERS OF THE APOCALYPSE!!!”) But most of the other stuff I’ve found the lyrics to be super cringey and overly edgy, don’t really know why I get that vibe but I just do.

  • wayne the devil

    I liked it….that’s 2-0, Nattefrost..where are you at? Vomiting in the snow? Or remastering the piss-fart recording?

  • Planex


  • Anders Fleines

    My “The 3rd Attempt” review: Try again!

  • Yolo Swaggins

    I approve; I’m not old enough to hear all the stale riffs so to me they’re still usable. I am a fan of this style; so that does give them some bolster with me.

    • Yolo Swaggins

      I use too many semicolons.

      • GrumpDumpus

        NO YOU DON;T

  • Septic
    • Nukenado

      Please go fix the Deinonychus cover.
      Pretty please?

  • Angelus

    Hmm…I’ll pass. Nice attempt though…even if it’s the third. Maybe my ego had its own path to follow, where this style is not included.

  • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

    Being that there’s less than 30 days left in 2017 it is not much praise to say that “Egocidal Path is all the blood, dope, and black ‘n’ roll you’ll need for the rest of the year”

    • Dr. A.N. Grier

      That’s why it was safe to say it…

      • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

        That almost amounts to damning with faint praise.

    • Eli Valcik

      Also the new Midnight comes out the 15th, soooooo

  • gus rodrigues

    I enoyed the embedded track quite a lot. Probably going to end buying the album if the rest is as good as this track. Also, you got me when you mentioned tchort: I really love green carnation first two albums (which I honestly havent heard in a long time, but will try to correct this week), but then things got strange and I forgot about then… did they release anything as good as their first two albums after the third one, or that (the 3rd album style) was the path they followed?

    • Dr. A.N. Grier

      After Light of Day, Day of Darkness, they simplified their style. It’s a lot more rocking but it’s still really fun stuff. Way less dark.