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I’m made to feel quite uneasy at many points on the album, hackles raised. One can hope there is more to come from this young band. In the meantime, strap in – it’s quite a ride!
Though the album title translates into “empty”, the music is full of power and presence. Perhaps it is how the ultimate Emptiness expels itself.
[The album] cuts sharply through the uninspired masses of extreme metal, forward thinking, but calling forth the masters of the past. Raise your horns and bang your head.
So, as a fan of blackened metal and also The Artisan Era label, I can confidently say that Demon King’s The Final Tyranny is a very satisfying listen.
Compared to all the cliché bitching, moaning, and depression of the metalcore and emo of the 2000s and 2010s, this mature approach is a breath of fresh air.
The track starts out with belligerence, as Void’s bellows hit the listener square in the chest, and then devolves and evolves into a racing, grinding, destructive cacophony of purpose.
“One small world, in decline.” – In Defiance
That was how things rolled back in the day folks, along with a lot of tape trading, pen pals and obscure handwritten zines that would be distributed by the most strange ways…
What I really love about the album are the nasty, dissonant riffs thrown into the mix throughout. That’s what really gets it all cooking for me.
Summoning the Lich unleashes United in Chaos – a record that takes the standard expectations of melodic and technical death metal and injects it with an insane amount of adrenaline, blazing through a labyrinth of incredibly strong guitar riffage and next-level vocals.
The sound is fresh, but certifiably Stortregn.
Who is currently doing a better blend of anti-music? Go ahead…I’ll wait.
Rugged and abrasive, the album comes at you full on from the moment you press play.
Have we heard this genre mixing before? Duh. Of course. Here’s the thing though, the changing of said genres is absolutely seamless.
…what I discovered was an offer of a selection of different styles and approaches under the black metal banner, fitting together cohesively like the inner gears, springs, and screws of a monstrous timepiece.
Mirrors by Pupil Slicer is a highly enjoyable and unbelievably powerful collection of twelve tracks that demand and deserve attention.
The album brings the realization that each track can stand alone and they could all be introduction points to the listeners depending on the specific tastes the next victim holds.
File this one under bands to watch.
“Raw black metal is not for everyone, of course, but its strength lies in its ambiguity.”
Through the extra time allowed on a full length, the artist really spreads their wings, taking the time to develop each feeling, each howl, each riff, each drum stroke.
Igikai is the product of a group of insanely talented musicians that craved nothing more than to craft their vision into art with palpability, with longevity, and with true passion.
The album is ethereal, but also urgent.
In the underground, there have been a few names that have stirred the witch’s brew a little bit in recent years, Wampyric Rites being one of them.
‘Immersive’ is probably a good adjective to describe this record as a whole, but I think I’d rather use ‘refreshing.’