on 26 May 2011
Wowza. Where did these guys come from? A better question might be; where are they going? The answer, they're going to be huge and popular, and for now, they're popular with us kvlt lovers (more or less) but not for long as this is what's going to take the horrible phrase 'hipster black metal' straight to the door of all the kids who are quite happy to be spoon fed watered down rubbish by mainstream metal magazines and moozik video channelziz... But that does not detract from the fact that this is so good it hurts.
Epic epic chord progressions played blurringly over savage muscular blasting. Beautiful, sad melodies more akin to post-metal than black metal saw over the essentially black metal body of the song. Vocals that are screamed and grim and exist aurally somewhere between WitTR and the fathers of this brand of black metal; Weakling.
Slightly watered down? Well no doubt a big divider of the kvlt hordes... but who really gives a damn about that now? I've already given that too much attention. It's a damn fine album that makes their demo look weak, but only in comparison as before hearing the album the demo was a sturdy little release!
Very strong contender for a top ten list. If there's more to come from bands of a similar ilk, this is going to be a very good year.