Some dude took us to task in a recent comment for false advertising — the name of the site is NO CLEAN SINGING, but we had reviewed an album that did that clean singing like half of the time. I can see why that would be confusing, but the music in this post won’t confuse anyone. Not only is there no clean singing, there’s nothing clean about the music in any respect.
This band’s 2011 album, Thy Blackened Reign, is a hell-ripping cavalcade of Viking black thrash. Thematically, it takes its cues from Norse mythology, and musically it swings some mighty sharp-edged battle-axes. Speed metal and thrash are effectively fused together with elements of death metal and black metal. It delivers a cathartic, fist-pumping experience.
A couple of days ago, the band released a music video for the song “Odin’s Blood”. In someone else’s hands, the gang shouts of the song title and the first-pumping could have become cheesy, but these dudes have such authenticity and so much conviction for what they’re doing that they succeed. And holy shit . . . those riffs! Watch it after the jump.
This Illinois band, which includes some membership overlap with both The Horde and the excellent A Hill To Die Upon, was one of two featured in a guest column by Black Shuck in December (here). At that time, they had released a five-song EP for free download on Bandcamp. To quote an excerpt from Black Shuck’s article:
“[T]heir music does not fit neatly into any one genre. However, it is . . . melodic . . . (although still containing a tinge of dark atmosphere), catchy as hell, and varied in approach, ranging from the straightforward, simple assaults of “Wind Beneath Our Skin” and “We Vanish in This Breath” to the quick, upbeat riffing of “Leviathan Speaks.” Plenty of tremolo picking here, enough to make me consider classifying them as melodic black metal.”
Over the weekend, the band released a new song, which is also available for streaming on Bandcamp (here). It’s called “Children of Polaris”. From the first second, the song erupts in a fireball of blasting drums and cutting tremolo riffs. Melodic black metal is a good description of the music. It’s blistering and acidic and fast. Good stuff.