Nihilistic Rustbelt Black Metal Reviews
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Vortesvin: In Our Palace Divine
Review of In Our Palace Divine, Ontario based melodic black metal solo band Vortesvin. Hailed as the bands quintessential release, In Our Palace Divine is a melodic black metal concept album. It tells a twisted love story through sinister riffs and soaring melodies. An absolute masterpiece of conceptual music, Vortesvin succeeds in telling a majestically dark fairy tale through a perfected crafting of melodic black metal.
Across the 8 tracks, a mournful yet angry tale of love, loss, hatred, scorn, madness and triumph is woven with blistering trem riffs, melodic solos, relentless drums, and a wide variety of vocal techniques. A sheer density and sense of deep narrative weighs heavily on this release, a dark and murky veil of fantasy descending upon the creative inspiration here. What is fact and what is fiction? Only the artist knows, and the listener must read heavily between the deftly written lyrics to discover for themselves.
Expecting even greater works from this bold and driven artist in the future, painting new audioscapes into the black metal genre.
VREDENSDAL: Resurrecting The Wolf
Vredensdal: the dark and mysterious yet undeniably mighty force in the United State Black Metal scene, has, and with much anticipation, released a 6th release, an EP entitled “Resurrecting The Wolf”
The sound of creaking and groaning of chains against iron versus the raw elements of nature create an unnerving atmosphere, before the enormous weight of Black Winter Nights comes to bear immediately with devastating drums, grooving bass lines backing icy arpeggiating guitar work. Chilling yet textured vocals belt out the tale of brutal loss and survival. One is struck with the energy of Watain with the mournful elements of Naglfar.
This is turned upside down on the following track Post-Industrial Necrofolk, and absolutely masterful work of acoustic black metal that surpasses anything one may have heard crafted under this genre. The sheer adroit strumming and picking against a dark and unforgiving scales and rhythms confound the senses, unsure of whether to be in awe or fear.
The calming acoustics are cut short by the inferno that is Resurrecting the Wolf a classic black metal track of fury, self-reflection, myth and inner strength. The riffs on this track are undeniable in their force and energy, Goblin Reaper’s vocals tearing through the spirit beckoning power to surface with unrelenting might.
Vredensdal continues to set the standard for music in this genre, with a wide range of instruments being utilized to their highest and best use: communicating strong emotions, power, and the celebration of darkness. A perfect balance of raw energy and accessible production is met here, in what I believe is one of the best releases of the year.
The debut album from Deprived Existence is a truly blistering
foray of monstrously technical and progressive blackened brutal deathgrind, with an industrialized nihilistic theme. Blending progressive polish with brutalized production, this devastating work proves mighty in its delivery of utter destitution.
Brutal death growls, gutturals, harsh vocals, shrieks, dinosaur roars, blast beats, double bass kicks echo the energies of rusted pistons and hydraulic drum fills, chainsaw rawness in the tremolo on the guitars and bass, palm-muted transitions & menacing solos on each track destroy everything in their path.
Highest praise to this forward thinking metal band, closing the gap between tepid progressive music with unrestrained caveman riffs.