The band has been around since the end of the previous century and they have been loyal to the vintage death and black metal sound ever since. In that aspect, they truly remind me of Behemoth, Dissection or Deicide. All the right ingredients are present; thundering drums, high speed riffs and sick vocals. Furthermore, they succeed in incorporating the bleak, dark atmosphere which hasn't been this convincing since the late nineties.
The album opens with a short black metal song which promises heaps of malice and spite to come. From there on, the rolling and repetitive sound of these Greeks blast through my speakers at high volume and extreme speed. There seems to be no need to overcomplicate things and put as many blackened riffs as possible in a song. No, the power of this band clearly lies in the hypnotic sonic assault which they bring with a lot of enthousiasm and a lot of disdain towards everything 'holy'.
Embrace Of Thorns focuses on typical death metal riffs which graudally change and alter. Blast beats (or at least high speed drums) usually enforce the pushy nature of the music. This combination makes songs like 'My Hermetic Quest For Thy Blackest Temple' quite stunning and extremely crushing. In fact, most of the songs have that exact character, nudging more towards death than black metal.
Title track 'Darkness Impenetrable' also brings in some melodic elements, enhancing the level of variety on the album. However, don't get me wrong, this is still an intense piece of work and a prime example of sheer brutality in music. 'Erect Bloodstained Totems' even goes a bit further by incorporating a highly repetitive and almost industrial rhythm.
And then there still is more, like the strange soundscape 'Der Grausame Aspekt der Menschlichen Wirklichkeit' almost at the end of the album and the mesmerizing closer 'Aiwas Arisen' which end the album in perfect headbang capacity. As Embrace Of Thorns themselves, I'd like to finish this review with that song because it embodies everything the band stands for: brutality, destruction and 'fucking metal'...