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Thronum Vrondor - Dies Tenebrosa Sicut Nox

Thronum Vrondor - Dies Tenebrosa Sicut Nox - 84%

Edmund Sackbauer, July 25th, 2023
Written based on this version: 2021, CD, Immortal Frost Productions (Limited edition)

In 2019, Belgian black metal machine Thronum Vrondor reported back to the front after a decade long absence from the scene with the fine comeback album "Ichor (The rebellion)”, which gained some positive reviews. That this resurgence is not a one-off event and have come to stay, the trio have proven with their 2021 output new "Dies tenebrosa sicut nox", which translates to something like "A day as dark as the night” I believe. For this fourth full-length, the gentlemen partnered closer to home with Belgian imprint Immortal Frost Productions, which might help them a bit to stay active compared to their collaboration with Singaporean label Pulverised Records.

Once we get a few songs far, we have to note that Thronum Vrondor has opted for a slightly more stripped-down sound this time and the emphasis is overwhelmingly on the faster stuff. The experiments with clean vocals are largely omitted on this record, as are the sporadic bombastic elements. Opener "To Eternal Fire" does get off to a bombastic start and contains a lot of melodic leads and some thrilling harmonic elements. The song is an extension of the previous album, but after that it feels as if it is more of a back-to-the-basics approach, although a subtle use of these melodic features is used throughout to create a nice and brooding atmosphere. "Odium humanis generis" is a fast-paced song in the tradition of Scandinavian melodic black metal that can easily compete with the best of the genre. The following "Worms" is no less intense, with the instruments all complementing each other in a manner that really strengthens the impact of the songs, as does the record’s crisp and energizing yet also organic production job and the obvious talent for catchy melodies and astounding harmonies.

Whoever thinks that the trio will slow down midway through the album is in for a treat. Drummer Crygh acts in beast mode and has no intention of slowing down. Only in the melodic "To Pierce the Heart of Lions" the band deliver a bit of a breather, although there is also largely ramming and driving forward to be found here. The limited dynamics between the individual songs is perhaps one point which could be approved upon, but fans of relentless and furious black metal who do not really need too much variation but prefer a full on blasting will be happy. Indeed, the short but powerful "Cleanse this world of filth" and closing track "What grace is there left to fall from," in which a very brief bright vocal passage does suddenly appear, continue to rage on to the hilt until the band ends the record with a bang.

While every track here follows more or less the same patterns, the consistently high quality of the riffs and melodies makes this an album that flies by. Most of the songs may be structured in largely the same manner with only little surprises, but the variety of riff tones is anything but disappointing, and the range of tempos and moods employed keeps the flow of the album interesting without feeling disjointed. One of the biggest highlights probably comes with the track “Ravenous Cult”, which packs in everything that makes this kind of music so enjoyable. Give this one a listen and decide for yourself. In case you are in the mood for a straight-forward album of expertly crafted black metal done right look no further. “Dies tenebrosa sicut nox” is as strong as its predecessor and demonstrates that Belgium also has some top quality acts to be proud of.