Haiduk - Exomancer
Subverse, Icevoid Nemesis, Doom Seer, Pulsar, Blood Ripple, Once Flesh and Crypternity.
With very fast, but aggressive guitar lines – which are, basically, the trademark and the strength of the virtuous style exposed on this work – the rhythm and the general consistence of the songs are great, exceedingly lucid, organic and dense. Objective, direct to the point, the songs appear to evoke the hazardous gravity of a morbid cosmogony, that will bring about an unexpected end to the entire existence. It’s like a deleterious anthem praising the inevitable downfall of humanity.
With melodies that are usually rapid, tense and intense, Exomancer is mostly instrumental, and exercises its vibrant splendor over harmonies that are greatly infused with the ever imposing density of flexible, though pungent and retractile harmonies. Though at times the album feels like an exhaustive death metal guitar lesson – despite its conciseness –, Exomancer is a very competent work. Despite its repetitiveness, there is solid coherence in the general musical tonalities of its colorful framework, graceful melodies to be appreciated, and an audacious level of originality, that deserves to be contemplated.
Norilsk - Weepers of the Land
With melodies seriously elaborated at the axis of a consistent harmonious narrative, that exercises effective control over the slow pace of the rhythm, here you have fabulous authorial songs – that inspires originality – and leaves the band engraved with its own personal style.
Embracing the grace of its lenient melancholy, and disposing an unmerciful grace that brilliantly relies over the most conspicuous and savage tones of the music, sensationally pungent, though somewhat discreet and restrained guitar lines frames mortuary vocals, that are compelled to display, altogether, genuine ghostly anthems, that drives the melodies to a convergent tissue of inevitable funeral serenity, marvelously elaborated over the vicinities of sordid compassion and elusive hyperboles of insufficient eternity.
Sepitus - Ensamt För Alltid
An awesome record in the traditional old school style – with grim reaper vocals, pungent, but straight razor blade guitar lines and basic production values – Ensamt För Alltid is a sober and very lucid work. Ostensibly sinister at first, the listener is subsequently shaken by a large dose of hyperbolic sonorous virulence. With an aggressive, but unapologetic and lethargic style, as well as exponentially solid, but macabre harmonies, the musician really extracts a graceful hostility from his funereal and authorial style, with a genuine and lugubrious atmosphere of imminent demise.
Despite its expressive conciseness, the listener is completely submerged into a dense, primordial and rude eternal night of tempestuous darkness, that definitely summarizes and glorifies the genre, in a somber, impactful and melancholic expansion of a formidably learned lesson on how to create and execute raw black metal with competence and excellence, in the characteristically gloom and obscure low fi style so inherent to its authentic roots.
Ur Tid - Towards Dark Endless
With rapid harmonies, carried out by pungent, abrasive and redemptive guitar lines, this work has a dense and intelligent sound, that definitely exhibits in a very nefarious composition the most belligerent and hostile elements of the genre. Towards Dark Endless is an involving work, that definitely doesn’t sound generic, and understands with efficacy all the organic devices inherent to an inadvertently sinister and lugubrious sonorous cosmogony. With some passages that sound more as blackened death metal, though, this vigorous and creative work of art explores with fierce intelligence the most lucid aspects of the genre, never appearing exhaustive nor repetitive.
With a decent level of originality, Towards Dark Endless is a very audacious and imperative effort, that undoubtedly reinforces with unquestionable certainty the relevance of Ur Tid for the underground community. Although it is not a wonderful masterpiece, it definitely gets very close to it, being totally worthwhile listening it.
L'Eclat du Déclin - Mater Tenebrarum
With cutting edge hazardous melodies, that encircles all the fundamental harmonies of its nefarious tonalities, the style of the group departs from conventional elements, but takes a twist at the epicenter of its energetic, acerbic and corrosive creativity, reevaluating the genre with a more melodramatic reinvigoration of poetic melancholy. The style of the group is more clean and sober, despite the fact that filters in the despondent winds of its macabre introspective disillusions the sensational charisma of its own sonorous profound hyperboles.
With brave incursions into the realms of epic, atmospheric and melodic black metal, L'Eclat du Déclin manages to deliver a very rapturous, loyal, graceful and enthusiastic fable of the dark. With a gruesome atmosphere that whimpers over the cynical everlasting laments of existence, Mater Tenebrarum proves itself to be a formidable state of the art work all the way through. Undoubtedly, deserves all the possible compliments, by its audacious and sensible approach to the genre.
Striborg - Introverted Transparency
With an intelligent, somewhat exuberant and elegant style, Striborg has definitely conceived and executed Introverted Transparency as a laborious and sensitive work of art, that departs from a genuinely dark, conspicuous and creative axis. It’s predominantly slow, sensitive and dilated harmonies display a world of perpetual darkness, where it’s impossible to avoid the consequences of being dragged into an introspective galaxy of mortal pragmatisms. With sinister melodies, and a prevalent atmosphere of somber demise, this excellent work aggregates an interesting perspective into the genre.
Friisk - De Doden van't Waterkant
Despite the fact that the general layout of the work is thoroughly simple and ordinary, there is enough musical versatility on this work to highlight its splendorous tenacity and audacious degree of lugubrious originality. With flexible harmonies, agonizing virulent densities and sinister melodies, De Doden van't Waterkant is a mordacious material from the beginning until the end. With solid premises and a marvelously genuine sonorous wrath – full of abrasive destruction and disdainful misery – the sound definitely seems to be coming out of a giant hole of obscure, unimaginable and infinite malevolence. Undoubtedly, this is a prominent state of art work, exceedingly true to the authentic essence of black metal, though fueled by a more intense and mortal affliction.
Cultor Noctis - Ondergang