So what we get on 'Through the Chaos, Through Time, Through the Death' is three quarters of bleak music in perfect black metal tradition. Fierce guitars, blast beats and haunted vocals are the main elements, reinforced by keyboards and influences from heavy metal and a hint of gothic metal here and there. Besides the eerie intro, there's eight tracks. Two of the being covers, including 'Pressed Down By The Fallen Pivot Of Life (Lucifugum)' which is a great track and 'Armageddon' (Terminal Choice) which really is an industrial EBM track turned into blasting black metal. In fact, to be honest, the Ungoliantha version is better.
After the intro, 'Following the Black Kindness' immediately comes up with the blast beats and brutal guitars which are being accompanied by pretty great keyboard. At this point, the music reminds me a bit of some old bands I loved back in the day: Old Man's Child, (old) Dimmu Borgir or Mörk Gryning. The tempo often changes and sometimes there's enough room to take on an atmospheric approach.
The other songs follow that example, turning into an early highlight with the brilliant 'To the Ultimate Gates'. A song that perfectly controls the chaos brought by the instruments and blasts through my speakers at high velocity. Besides the intense black metal, here are some heavy and dark metal influences as well, making the song well varied and highly enjoyable to listen to.
However, don't forget we're dealing with music that is trying to sever our heads from our bodies, and judging from the speed on the majority of the songs, headbanging to this might seriously damage your health. 'Black Essence Of Christ' for example is simply sick, remorseless and punishing but again accompanied with great keyboards. It's these keyboards by the way that give Ungoliantha their unique sound and I quite like it.
So as far as traditional black metal is concerned, this is a splendid album coming from deep within the Ukranian underground. 'Black Winds' enhances the level of variation by coming up with some clean, folkish vocals, right before it turns into a decent dark metal song and eventually into some chaotic blackened noise again. If you're into vintage, not-overproduced, bleak and blasting black metal, this clearly is your thing. If you're not, you have just wasted your time by reading this review...