Oath worship at the altar of the Scandinavian second wave, and the music that they have produced on Mustan Liekin Veljeskunta will make you very glad that they do.
Jam-packed with tasty blackened riffs and grim melodies, this album is extremely easy to like even from the first listen. The songs are orthodox black metal hymns that are perfectly judged in terms of how they reproduce the old-school blackened style.
Equally at home forging blasting icy aggression as they are crafting atmospheric cosmic moods, these songs are well-composed and have clearly been created by people that love their work.
Subtle keyboards add highlights that aid with building atmosphere. It must be said that the guitars do a great job of this by themselves though, so the keyboards merely increase this.
The singer has an amazing voice, there’s no other way to describe it. It’s so completely of the style and the era that it’s just perfect for the music.
The production is as authentic as everything else here. It’s clear and thorough, without losing that underground 90s feel.
Oath may be living in the past, but what a place to live it is. Not that it matters one bit mind, as this kind of black metal will never die. It’s just as relevant and vital in 2017 as it was decades ago, and anyone who says otherwise be damned.
An essential listen for old-school black metal fans.