This is sharp and frosty Black Metal that carries a melodic edge with its raw delivery.
Dark screams and ghostly clean-chants populate the musical landscape and recall Mayhem at their esoteric best.
The songs have their atmospheric moments but for the most part it’s a grim assault that the band undertake. Melodic riffing softens the effect though and the inclusion of so many heroic-sounding cleans further distils the rawness factor. This is all a plus point as it gives the band their own character compared to countless other bands playing underground Black Metal.
The speed of the songs is enticing, but it’s the mystical melodies that really do the trick here.
Aezh Morvarc’h have taken their Classic Metal heritage seriously too, and Mare Humorum has more than its fair share of real Metal riffs mixed into the Black Metal. This is a welcome aspect of their style and combined with the clean vocals really gives the band an epic/heroic streak to their sound.
I enjoyed this. For a band that is ostensibly an underground Black Metal group, this release offers the listener something a little different.
A recommended listen.