All I knew about this band before I listened to them was that they were a black metal band of some description. As such, I was not prepared at all for what I found inside Door 218.
Here we have an album that might not sound as you expect it to upon hearing the black metal tag. Yes, a lot of the familiar elements are present and correct, but there’s a lot of unusual aspects to the music too.
Door 218 features 39 minutes of largely ferocious, dissonant black metal that’s ultra aggressive and very unforgiving to its enemies. However, there’s a lot more than just that to the songs on this release.
Atypical riffs, industrial influences, a touch of the old blackjazz, and top-quality use of the saxophone mean that these tracks have got a lot more interest and ideas in them than a lot of ostensibly similar bands. The saxophone solos in particular are very well played and fit in so well with the music that it makes you wonder why more extreme metal bands don’t make use of this wonderful instrument.
I also like that you can hear the bass and the contribution it makes to the music; it’s used as an autonomous instrument in its own right a lot of the time, which is a joy to hear. This, added to the pitch-black riffs, impressive drums and extra sound effects, results in songs that are extremely satisfying examples of experimental black metal done very, very right.
As you might expect from such diverse and divergent music, the vocals are equally well-performed and relatively varied; screams, growls, shouts and all manner of other vocalisations are used across the album.
Imagine a combination of Mayhem, Dødheimsgard, Red Harvest and Shining (NOR). Yes, Door 218 is as good as that implies.
Very highly recommended.