Vahrzaw – Twin Suns & Wolves’ Tongues (Review)

VahrzawVahrzaw are an Australian black metal band and this is their second album.

This is a blisteringly aggressive strain of virulent black metal, with some elements of death metal added in for extra ferocity.

Twin Suns & Wolves’ Tongues is raw and brutal, full of blackened darkness and raging hatred. More than a simple one-trick pony though, Vahrzaw are talented enough to create more than just pure aggression with this release, and snippets of melody and atmosphere appear here and there amidst the carnage.

Vahrzaw especially excel when the leads and solos come into play; this is where they sync up nicely with the rhythm guitars and the band frequently create something darkly atmospheric at these points.

The death metal influences are woven into the fabric of the material, but explicitly raise their ugly heads here and there, meaning they descend into blackened death metal territory on occasion, although most of the delivery is raw and nasty black metal.

A lot of the material here is on the faster edge of the extremity spectrum, but mid-paced and slower sections are also used to great effect. There’s only 32 minutes of music on this release, but the time is well-used and Twin Suns & Wolves’ Tongues is the kind of album that has a lot of replay value.

I really like the singer’s voice; the main delivery is spiteful blackened shrieks, but deeper growls are also used sometimes.

With a satisfyingly bleak recording that nonetheless shows off the band’s material well, this album has a lot of depth and content that it’s extremely easy to get on board with.

Twin Suns & Wolves’ Tongues is an album that underground metal fans would definitely be advised to get hold of. Impressive.

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