This is cold, malignant black metal that draws influence from the second wave era and successfully and authentically produces five songs of enjoyably grim orthodoxy.
As a side note – it’s worth mentioning, I suppose, that at 33 minutes in length this EP is actually longer than some albums.
Keyboard highlights are used to include more layers in the music. These are done well and highlight and add to the main blackened feast rather than overshadowing it. Subtly done in many ways, the keyboards add a lot to the music despite, for the most part, not taking a central role.
Frozen riffs and icy melodies speak of foreign landscapes and unknown constellations, while the singer rasps out ancient hatreds and foul incantations. The songs are well-written and enjoyable, with good riffs and melodies used. The structuring and flow of the music is such that the 33 minutes passes by in flurries of darkness that pass the time quite easily.
The singer has a decent snarling rasp for a voice. His ugly screams fit the music perfectly and convey his passion and ability well. He has charisma to his voice. His aggressive screams are joined by cleans here and there; performed well and sounding quite grim in their own right, I like the inclusion of these in the tracks.
With a sound and songs that make me quite nostalgic for the 90s black metal scene, I’ve found Inexorable Grimness to be a very satisfying and pleasing listen. This will no doubt get some regular rotation on my playlists in the future and I heartily recommend it.
Favourite track: Oath of the Annihilator. Quality black metal that builds to an emotive and effective apogee.