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TheStormIRide, June 14th, 2018

Kyterion, an anonymous Italian black metal band, formed in 2015 and delivered their debut album, Inferno I, in 2016. Returning in 2018, the band released the second part of their trilogy, Inferno II, again through Subsound Records. This album features ten tracks across thirty-seven minutes, which is a bit longer than the debut. Thankfully Inferno II is able to offer a more diversified approach than the infernal blasting, tremolo driven approach of the debut, though the majority of this album adheres to a similar formula.

Though one could really appreciate the unyielding intensity that was delivered on their first album, Inferno II builds upon that base, crafting a more nuanced and multifaceted album. The opening track sets a fiery tone, with malefic tremolo riffing and a mix of pummeling double bass runs and militant blasting. The visceral growls sound pained and tormented and, like the debut, are delivered in thirteenth century Italian vernacular. The album weaves through acerbic, fiery black metal, sounding every bit like Dante's descriptions of punishing hellfire.

While Kyterion certainly delivers a tremolo driven album, there is a stronger focus on underlying melody and sweeping movements which lead into heavy handed segments that lean more towards death metal. Tracks like “Pena molesta” show a blistering militancy and a rather clinical approach, sounding a touch like modern day Behemoth while “Dite” offers a faint leaning towards thrashing death metal. While Inferno II is every bit as heavy as its predecessor, “Cocito” and “Vallon tondo” provide some much needed breathing space, offering atmospheric ambiance to soothe your palate. Everything culminates on the finale, Terrible stipia” which deftly moves between rabid tremolo riffing and a swaggering death metal stomp, showcasing the brilliant, nonstop percussion and the nimble fretwork of the guitars.

Kyterion really seemed to capitalize on the strengths of their debut while tempering their sound. Inferno II remains a markedly heavy album while allowing the band to flex their songwriting skills. If the debut focused on blasting and destruction, then the sophomore album focuses on blasting, destruction, and versatility. The third and final chapter of the band's Inferno trilogy is still looming on the horizon, but Kyterion should know they've left some pretty big shoes to fill.