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Лютомысл (Lutomysl) creates some of the most epic black metal I have ever encountered. It's almost impossible to pick a best Lutomysl album especially between "Decadence" "Catharsis" and the self titled, but to me "De Profundis" holds a slight edge over the rest. Another one man band pouring so much beautiful and dark emotion into his music that you really need to listen to it to understand.
For the most part the entire album is a full speed riff and blast fest with a limited amount of slow downs and a couple acoustic/clean passages. Yes a riff and blast fest packed with so much melody and atmosphere that it will leave a first time listener in awe. The guitars shred relentlessly similar to the pace of early Mayhem or Immortal albums, but this is so much more refined and masterful in every way. The production is clear and crisp allowing every instrument to stand out and be heard in it's full majesty. Like most black metal there is an undertone of melancholy, but the guitars invoke more of a feeling of pride, power and wonder. The riffs are long continuous passages that blend and evolve into each other without need of any slowing down or transition riffs.
This album has a session drummer and he is quite a beast as well. The fast parts (which are 90%) of the album are really fucking fast. The drummer often uses a killer blast beat on top of his punishing double bass while also clashing the cymbals at full speed. Instead of just alternating between the standard blast beat or double bass that most bands use he combines the two for an uncompromising assault. Sometimes he will slow the snare drum down a bit to a hard deliberate pounding which sounds just as heavy as the full out blasting. There's really not a lot of time for fancy rolls and tricks, but they are used sparingly.
Lutomysl's vocal style is almost like a tortured scream or cry. His vocals definitely add to the melancholic feeling of the album, reminding you that even in the beauty there is always darkness.
This album has so much power and melody drawn from such furious madness that it almost seems like a contradiction of itself. The constant blasting and full speed riffing can be mesmerizing almost putting you into a trance. On the other hand you could headbang your brains out through the entire album, depending on what kind of mood you're in.