Lamp of Murmuur – Saturnian Bloodstorm (Review)

Lamp of Murmuur - Saturnian BloodstormThis is the third album from US one-man black metal band Lamp of Murmuur.

Saturnian Bloodstorm is a 40-minute blast of frozen winds. Lamp of Murmuur is a name that has made a strong mark here, and Saturnian Bloodstorm is a infectiously enjoyable slice of black metal.

Saturnian Bloodstorm has a strong old-school vibe, sort of a cross between Immortal, Satyricon, and Old Man’s Child. A more contemporary reference like Wampyric Rites isn’t unwarranted either. It’s well-crafted stuff, dripping with second wave venom, while still maintaining a contemporary bite that can surely sink into the most guarded of flesh with ease.

This music has a polished rawness to it that’s entirely reminiscent of the late 90s/early 00s. The music is confident, has a cold melodic edge, and is bedecked with the sort of sharp hooks that will make you come back for more. Grandiose and enriched with a symphonic veneer, these songs are aggressive and magisterial. There are so many top quality riffs that are embedded in this album like shrapnel. The artist behind Lamp of Murmuur clearly knows the genre well, and these songs are well-crafted and well-judged.

Saturnian Bloodstorm is a blazing tribute to old-school black metal. It’s a grand hymnal to blackened intensity and mood combined, delivering an album of evocative icy darkness and sheer grim aggressive strength.

It’s a joy to listen to. Don’t miss out on this.


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