So what kind of black metal do we have? Well, a bleak, raw and harsh version apparently. Polish grandmasters Inglorious seem to delve deep into the history of the genre, loyal to the vintage style but always looking for new ways to express themselves. That is perfectly audible on this album too. In a way this could have been one of the highlights on the nineties scene, but just a much it could be a massive piece of work in today's scene.
The album opens with an intro, one that hints towards the modern post-black metal scene. However, shortly after, the track 'My Death' rages on in sheer old school ferocity, reminding me of some of the old masters, including Emperor and Darkthrone. 'Masowa Mogila' follows with similar intensity but takes on a bit more of an experimental approach, mainly in the weird and chaotic ending.
'The Next Step' is a breather, but could have been a blackened sludge song if it were longer. 'Otchlan' is another fierce track, honoring the ancient tradition of the genre. Together, these songs form the first half of the album and I must say I'm quite pleased with the sound and with the level of variation. I also hear some awesome musicianship. Some of these riffs seem to hint towards something progressive and death metal.
What follows is actually more blackened goodness, again widely varied and well-written. In 'Manifesto' I can hear some different instruments being used. The addition of violins to this fierce, blast-beats driven piece of music makes the whole complete, it certainly makes this my favorite track on the album. And then there still are some more brutal works to be discovered, but I'll leave those up to you. Check it out if you're a black metal fan, you won't regret it...