Song previews always strike me as something very odd, since I’m no sure what their purpose is. But when I got a 5 minute preview of this, a 45 minute epic black metal song, now that seems to make sense. I was intrigued, wanted to know more. A few days later my review copy came in, and my God, I was not prepared.
First thing I have to say : this is not for the faint-hearted. It’s a full on assault on all senses, and it’s hard to catch your breath even for a second. It’s not boring or repetitive though. It has a lot of fine details to keep you on your toes. But unlike other (post)black metal bands, that allow more room for their songs to breathe, this is more of a relentless assault, stomping you into the ground over and over and over until you can’t see the light anymore. In a good way.
There isn’t much more to say to be honest. This is some crazy black metal, played by 2 Swedish guys. I don’t think they can pull this off live, since it would be a harrowing undertaking, so for now, just enjoy it like this, a 45 minute behemoth that stomps everything in it’s path. If this is a glimpse of what black metal will bring in 2017, we’re in for a hell of a ride boys.