Volahn opens with the track 'Chamalcan', which immediately grabbed my complete attention, not only because this is brutal and fierce modern black metal, burning with the traditional blackened flame but also because there is something else going on. The songs opens with surf rock which seamlessly blends in with the harsh, bleak metal. That alone was highly surprising but highly interesting. As far as the metal passages are concerned, these could be compared to something between Aluk Todolo and Altar Of Plagues, perhaps.
Shataan then comes up with the haunting triptych, 'Caminando del Destino / Desert Smoke / Wells Run Dry'. Here too the basis is eerie black metal, again played in a traditional style with a modern twist. Yet, in stead of surf rock, Shataan adds psychedelic flutes and other sixties instrumentation. Again, much to my delight. I really dig it if a band comes up with something original. For a brief moment in the beginning of the song, I actually expect a psychedelic stoner rock outburst but instead I'm being smashed to the head with raw, harsh black metal that reminds me a tiny bit of Primordial.
Arizmenda's 'Ropeburn Mutilation on the Outskirts of Life' makes me hide in absolute terror for a short while. The intro of this song is way too happy and jolly to be even considered by a black metal band. However, it's merely an intro and after a short while we're drenched in the most old school black metal anthem on this album. There are little other elements here, certainly none as surprising as the intro. Perhaps a bit of doom and sludge, but they too sound absolutely gutwrenching. This is probably the bleakest piece of music on this entire album.
Finally, Kallathon closes this album with their epos 'Falling into the Horizon, Burning into the Black Twilight'. This seems to be influenced by the current post-metal scene. It surely is the most atmospheric song on this album but also the most experimental one. If anything, it's a frightening piece of extreme music. This truly sounds like those obscure tapes from the nineties, even though they incorporate modern elements.
The incestuous relation of these bands gives this collective a distinct own style, not only because they borrow from seemingly irreconcilable musical styles but also because of the gritty, harsh and crushing nature of their music. This is the stuff that usually don't surface to the upper levels of the metal industry, in some cases not even the blackened version, but that's perfectly fine. This is a collector's item, only suited for the blackened hardcore. So check it out if you think you are hardcore, I dare you...