This is Polish Black Metal from Mord’A’Stigmata; their third full-length.
This album features long exploratory tracks that are based in Black Metal but have spread out like a ravenous plague to devour tasty chunks of Post-Metal and Doom.
The riffs and melodies are involving and well-considered, drawing the listener into a maze of blackened misanthropy and trapping them there forever to stare at a twisted reflection of a real world they will never inhabit again.
When the band are playing furious Black Metal they do it perfectly well, but when they are playing parts that are rooted around slower and more emotive riffs this is where they truly shine.
The more Post-Metal moments are studied examples of atmosphere and mood done right, and the blackened riffs are hypnotic and enticing.
The vocals are either Black Metal shrieks of the usual variety, or a more haunting, droning clean vocal that ramps up the atmospheric quotient when crooned over the expressive music.
The vocals and music combined make this a hugely impressive album with lots to like and lots of replay value.
This is an excellent release from a band that deserves a higher status than they currently have. If you like well-crafted and intelligent music with a cold, dark core then I defy you to not like this.