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This is pretty obscure black metal and should definitely get some more recognition among black metal fans. It's mesmerizing from beginning to end.
The intro is an epic song of slow depressive chords accompanied by some piano in the background. It really sets the atmosphere of the following song. Stormen Fra Nord starts off with slow-to-mid-paced tremolo picking riffs with mid-pace drumming. It streams like that for awhile and then the drumming gets a little faster with a lot more cymbal-hitting. It, then returns to the slower drumming. I prefer slower raw black metal rather than blastbeating, so that's a big plus here! The next song is different and more uplifting. It has that traditional 2nd wave BM sound to it. It wouldn't fit out of place on A Blaze, that's for sure. It's good for this type of band to have that kind of nostalgic tune, IMO. Intethedens larm is the epic of the album. But in a different way. It's a very hypnotic ambient song. It sounds like something you would hear on Hlidskjalf. The next two songs are very similar. It also focuses more on the dissonant chords. These two have a strong mid-tempo going on with the same riffs recycling. But that's not a bad thing here. This is Black Metal, damnit! Who cares about the lack of 'creativity and technicality'? Anyways, the drumming on these two songs utilize the double bass more but conservatively well. What I mean by that, is that it doesn't overshadow the riffs at all. Another thing here is that ALL of the drum patterns, slower or mid-paced, go perfectly well with the same riff in each of the songs. That is what makes this album a contender in the black metal scene today. The utilization of structure. Nothing is overdone or vice-versa. The final song honors that statement as well as the rest of the album. But this song is the best closer any black metal fan could ask for. Slow and melodic. The production is perfect. No, not 'perfect' like Tagtgren's production ideas. It fits the music and lets you hear everything while still having that raw black metal sound. Did I forget to mention about the vocals? Well, the vocals are similar to Nocturno Culto with a little of its own sound. Sounds great though!
Check it out if you like your black metal hypnotizing.