Vindkast – Archaic Collapse (Review)

VindkastVindkast are a black metal band from Germany and this is their debut album.

Vindkast play atmospheric black metal with ambient influences. Underneath this simple description, however, lies the wealth of rich, textured, layered music that we are presented with on Archaic Collapse.

The band’s ambient aspects are a frequent companion on the journey that Archaic Collapse takes the listener on, weaving in with the blackened material to create soundscapes of pitch-black terror and cosmic emptiness.

The album builds mood and atmosphere easily and effectively straight from the start, and never relents until the final track has faded into the oblivion from whence it came. Even on the first listen it’s extremely clear that Vindkast know what they’re doing with this kind of material, and the music draws you into its dark world with an effortless allure that’s impossible to resist.

Epic in scope and chock-full of compelling depth and weighty substance, this is music that combines black metal aesthetics and raw primitivism, with spectral intensity and expansive ambient soundscapes, resulting in an album that, I must confess, is definitely going to be played to death by yours truly.

I find atmospheric black metal to be one of the most satisfying and enjoyable sub-genres out there, especially when done particularly well, and I have to commend Vindkast on their work here. Archaic Collpase is a masterful example of how to create dark, blackened mood music.

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