Runespell – Unhallowed Blood Oath (Review)

RunespellThis is the debut album from Australian one-man black metal band Runespell.

Unhallowed Blood Oath is a dark, corrupted paen to 90s second wave black metal.

This is so authentic it hurts; the album sounds as if it has come screaming out of some long-forgotten crypt, sealed in the golden days of the second wave era.

The music manages to be grim, majestic, and atmospheric, frequently at the same time. The use of bleak melodies is quite sublime, and the songs are crafted in such a way that even though you’ve heard this style a thousand times before, they still manage to sound as fresh as the day they were dug up.

In some ways there’s not a lot to say about an album like this. Unhallowed Blood Oath displays such an enjoyable and honest love for the style that it would be foolish to do anything other than lap it up wholeheartedly. The fact that this is a trip down a blackened memory lane that still manages to be relevant and valid in 2017 is no small achievement.

For anyone into the classic, pure, orthodox style, this is a no-brainer. Highly recommended.

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