An intriguing and very lucid work, The High Heat Licks Against Heaven combines intelligent elements of death metal, which has resulted in an amazingly singular album, being its strongest quality fierce, corrosive and revengeful guitar lines. Nevertheless, the convergence of all instruments – but especially the vocals, the guitar and the drums in critic moments of the music – is a major point of excellence. A profound, unlimited, dense and intense record, it has everything to please everybody that likes a perfect alignment of traditional and avant-garde black metal.
There is not a single element on this album to badly criticize. With coherent melodies and cohesive harmonies, The High Heat Licks Against Heaven is an exponentially authentic and original undertaking on black metal, reviving the most exhilarating aspects of its music, in a more ardent and frivolous context. With aggressive and sometimes hostile expressive lines, Nidingr engraves on the genre the peculiarities of its own style, in a fearless demonstration of musical agility, that only sporadically we see on the underground these days.
Although in my personal evaluation the album cannot be regarded as a masterpiece, it is undoubtedly filled with a strong and energizing set of qualities. With potential to make the headlines throughout the underground scenario, The High Heat Licks Against Heaven comes with full and overwhelming force, highlighting the exacerbated intensity of a work that has highly concentrated within its sound the dark power of a lancinating, exhilarating and obliterating fury, being able to corrode each and every non-metal element that come on its way.