Nightbringer start off proceedings, and the first word I think of is “Apocalyptic”. Theirs is the sound of the end times. Blistering Black Metal played with a depth of passion that is utterly convincing in its portrayal and delivery. This is ritualistic in scope and has the conviction of the fanatic.
Filthy dynamics, blackened songwriting and searing melodies imprint these incantations on the brain, ensuring their longevity in times to come.
Nightbringer provide two blackened hymns and then make way for Dødsengel. Starting with a very ominous chanting build up; the excitement and expectations reach fever pitch before the inevitable release. I was expecting it to culminate in a blastbeat inferno, but unexpectedly they instead opt for a mid-paced attack that works even better. The mood is thus set for their enticing take on Black Metal. Traditional-style with plenty of interest and feelings of darkness and hate in abundance. A good variety in vocals and tempo make these songs most enjoyable. Especially good is the second of Dødsengel’s songs which is a 12 minute epic of atmosphere and Black Metal aggression, with even some Post-Metal elements creeping into the mix.
Dødsengel may not be as elemental as Nightbringer, but they are certainly complementary in style. I am definitely drawn to explore further works by both bands. This is a top quality release in its own right however, and if you are partial to a bit of ritualistic occult Black Metal then you can do a lot worse than this.
A special note must go to the artwork. Daemon Worship always seem to have very high quality artwork to go with their releases, but I have to say this one has taken my fancy in particular. Excellent work.