With five peculiarly dark and sinister atmospheric tracks, being them Darkness Never Fades, When Tales Are Just A Lie, Abandoned Shrine, Natt and Fading Magic, and having only – unlike most Atmospheric BM albums, a duration of thirty minutes, Theoroth, on this record, Darkness Never Fades, does have an intriguing proposition, sounding almost like “rhapsodic” Black Metal. Being an atmospheric ambient BM project that doesn’t renounce nor leave a truce to the raw aspects of the genre, the aggressiveness in some tracks are really unbelievable, although not always sounds different from another BM acts. Nevertheless, his fusion of different styles and aspects of Black Metal into one main dark and abrasive proposal is no ingenious or minor audacity, and it does work quite well for almost all the time on the album. Despite some brief ordinary or boring moments, Darkness Never Fades incorporates the true essence, the genuine aspects and the crude authenticity of Black Metal, without any fear of impressing his mark into the genre, and revolving around his own style of meritorious artistic devotion. With very bright and intelligent guitar riffs that can also be counted behind the great achievements of this album, Darkness Never Fades is a landmark on the fusion of different styles and genres of Black Metal, without deforming or depreciating anyone of them. At the same time, Theoroth manages to outstand itself as a creative musical dynamo, highly insinuating his own art as a powerful renovating force within the scene.
Despite the record being a little brief, it is quite an achievement, having a sound fearless to show a unique identity, and an independent music proposal, that relies on a solid definition that truthfully associates, amalgamates and blends several different styles of Black Metal. As a successful experimental fusion, it works in an amazingly surprising form, never disrespecting the genre, nor disregarding the monolithic aggressiveness vehemently built in the defiance of all the styles that, together, function perfectly as one.
Although Theoroth is a recent act, being active since 2013, this prolific musician is responsible already for at least ten releases, gaining significant momentum with every one of his records. With a serious artistic proposal, managing to be exceedingly heavier, technically skilled, voraciously brutal, softly melancholic and darkly melodic at the same time, never disrupting any of his original intentions, Theoroth is certainly a curious case of poetic artistry in the underground scenario nowadays. Featuring also some distinct and protuberating folk elements upon which he adorns some of his songs, with a peculiar inclination towards deeply sonorous and lugubrious narratives, and very calm devices aligned with somber chords of darkened melancholy, Theoroth certainly gives us a curious case of a well-defined and reinvented Black Metal, profoundly developed within his own terms and methods, although he never renounces the deleterious hostility of the genre. Mixing distinctly peculiar elements to form his own sonorous identity, Theoroth, in his Darkness Never Fades, certainly inscribes on the genre a very singular and remarkable style of Black Metal, that will inevitably call your curiosity out to listen what this musician has been doing. A great work, with a surprising result, and a very promising and intriguing path ahead of him, Theoroth certainly have captured my attention with Darkness Never Fades, and deserves to have yours as well! So do yourself a favor, listen to this album, and see for yourself how remarkable this record turned out to be.