Kuolleen Maan Omaksi mixes old and new black metal styles together to create an album that draws from both to weave its dark magicks. The end result is a modern interpretation of blackened extremity, one which ably demonstrates a band with a lot of potential.
When the band are fast, they’re vicious and violent. When they slow down, they’re heavy and crushing, with the slowest parts able to give bleak doom bands a run for their money. The songs show a good amount of variety in paces, moods, and ideas across the album, and both the old-school and modern/post-blackened influences are put to good use. The recording makes the most of this, providing a devastating foundation for the music to operate from.
Atmosphere is used well, working with the rest of the music to produce a dense post-metal, (post-black metal), feel in places. Blackened melodies haunt the music, usually helping to create depth and substance, rather than coming to the fore. However, I always enjoy hearing solos in black metal, and there are some well-used ones here that certainly do take centre stage.
Kuolleen Maan Omaksi is a very strong debut album, one which I’ll be regularly revisiting for since time to come. It’s a solid and enjoyable release, and I strongly recommend trying out its grim charms.