I can justly be accused of being enthusiastic about almost everything. That may not be the most metal of outlooks, especially when my enthusiasm turns out to be misplaced, or cools after a little calm reflection; I do lose my bearings sometimes.
But, with all those caveats out of the way, I have to tell you, right now, about a song I just heard.
On the way to my fucking day job this morning, I started listening to the brand new album from Finland’s Alghazanth, which is called Vinum Intus. I wasn’t familiar with this band until we started that Finland Tribute Week thing, and one of our readers (CarlSK) recommended them in a comment, noting that the band’s vocalist is Mikko Kotamäki, who also fronts Swallow the Sun and Barren Earth.
I only got two songs into this new album and then stopped and started replaying that second song. The way I feel right now, this beautiful song is blowing out of the water almost all the other new black metal releases I’ve yet heard in 2011. (more after the jump . . . including the song)
It’s called “With A Thorn In Our Hearts”. It’s 7:32 in length. It’s sweepingly melodic, and emotionally affecting in a dark, mid-winter kind of way. Kotamäki’s vocals are knife-edged and raw, the guitars flood you with tremolo cascades and arcs of clean chords, and there are folk elements that make an appearance near the end.
Can’t get this thing out of my head (and don’t want to). So, as usually happens when I get enthusiastic about music, I bang out something for this blog. In this instance, I just couldn’t wait until a review of the whole album to say something. I hope you dig this as much as I do: