With primitive, but exceedingly stylized guitar lines, and an overall atmosphere that is less brutal than brilliantly sculpted – although there is a distinctive aggressiveness, as well as a very hostile and remarkable rudeness on its obscurely synthetized harmonies – Existenz is a magnificent exemplar of raw black metal. Obviously influenced by the classic references of the genre, nonetheless, Nahtrunar has developed a magnificent sound of his own, with an impressive coherence and a masterly designed cohesion, that makes this album a state of the art work on the history of deeply crude black metal. With a dark and sinister sound, Nahtrunar still manages to shape all tracks in Existenz with poetic beauty, as well as compelling and softly arranged harmonies.
With beautiful guitar solos as well, developed at the height of the melodic abysses of the music, spiritually converging with a magnificent stream of a conglomeration of soul lamentations, this album definitely challenges the shape and the content of raw black metal as a genre, as well as a form of art. With an amazingly conceived conscience of victory, a sense of personality, and a unique approach to the genre, the strength of this album is something never seen or heard before in the history of black metal.
A unique work, filled with consistence, and a unique sense of artistry, Existenz is destined to be regarded as a milestone. A perfect work, astoundingly peculiar, it is filled with a liberating obscure atmosphere, that transcends the commonalities of black metal, without ever renouncing to the consistency of its true spirit. Full of meaning and beauty, exceedingly poetic but rude at the same time, this is pure black metal, done as it should ever be: strong, dark, sensible, sinister, true and authentic. A vigorous work of art, to be heard, understood and assimilated. And to serve as a reference for all the bands, projects and acts on the genre, always!