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is the latest example of how American black metal can have different but equal qualities from its European brethren. Folk, ambient, and electronic traits lace the music top to bottom in a seamless, effortless way. Naturally, there are a boatload of other elements used on
. The occasional beautiful female vocals, pianos, oboes, mandolins and an array of keyboards and synths. Sounds complicated?
have meticulously and mysteriously made all of these ingredients work, and work really well.
A quintet from Gressvik, Norway,
have made one of the more memorable atmospheric, melodic, post-black metal debuts of recent times. The songwriting, mixing and production all feel like this isn't
's first rodeo. The common themes here are bleak atmospheres, hauntingly beautiful passages and cold, dark resonance via tremolo picking, blast-beat drumming and black metal shrieking. However, the future is extremely well-lit for this young band.
The Inward Cold
Everything about this album is impressive: from the fact that this is the band's self-released debut album, to the fantastic songwriting, the top-notch production as well as the fact this is all done by one man! It's amazing what musician Jori Apedaile has managed to achieve with this album.
The Inward Cold
is melodic/atmospheric black metal with a touch of death/doom that takes you on a hauntingly beautiful journey that grabs a hold of you from the first note & never lets go.
No Way out
have been around a hell of a long time but are unfortunately still criminally unknown compared to similar bands of their quality. In a career spanning 23 years,
No Way Out
is the 6th full-length by this Polish six-piece, yet represents something of a shift in sound from its predecessors. While still having its roots firmly set in symphonic/melodic black metal, the soundscape is vastly expanded upon as elements of death, doom, gothic & prog are seamlessly added into the mix to create a truly captivating & rewarding experience for the listener. With
No Way Out
may finally obtain the recognition they so thoroughly deserve.
Coming to you from the visionary behind
's debut focuses similarly on atmosphere, though without the folk elements;
is (am?) all about the meloblack side of things. Echoing through the night sky come haunting keyboards and layered guitars, driving straight towards your heart with the bleakest, most forlorn melodies they can conjure.
perfectly captures the image presented on the cover of the album, full of esoteric darkness and voluminous shadow, but also a little bit of wonder at the vastness of the world around us.
is the soundtrack of bones, ash, fog, mist, ruins, decline, the end of the world. This one-man project's debut album is a testament to Max's(
) songwriting abilities. A German poetic abyss engulfed in somber atmospheres, acoustic explorations, maniacal screams and melodic enchantment,
is a true diamond in the rough. Sehr gut!
broke into some poor prog band's van and stole all their riffs, then disguised them with battering blastbeats and icy growls so nobody would be able to tell - but those songwriting chops shine through nonetheless.
is black metal at heart, but with such a contemplative atmosphere, repeated use of clean vocals, and frequent borrowing from post-metal, the album has more to offer than a two-word label can accurately describe.
Non Serviam! And the Greeks never did. Overall,
stayed true to their sound of their last couple of albums. But the mixture of black metal, with a hint of doom, or better yet gothic, and the incorporation of straight-up heavy metal riffing makes
a very diverse and extremely atmospheric album.
Trying to figure out what genre tag to give
is challenging, so let's dispense with the pretentious labeling and talk about what makes this album so great. Dark and harrowing atmosphere but with alluring melodies and crystal-clear production. See-saw battles between slower, heavier and majestic sections against softer interludes with pseudo-experimental flourishes.
have made an album bursting with devotion and gleaming with emotional ferocity.
The Dark Hereafter
You can set your watch by
; you know you're going to get a new album every two years and you know it's going to be a real ripper of a release.
The Dark Hereafter
has just the right amount of reverb and lacks just enough polish to give the album that "lost in the mountain mists of a black metal album cover" feeling, and as usual there is a sense of continuity with
's native musical traditions that pervades in subtle ways. The music may still be grim and frosty, but it's not your run-of-the-mill, goat-sacrificing, painty-faced, screeky BM; this is black metal with depth and musicality.
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