on 11 January 2014
Black Metal from Norway carries an automated stamp of authenticity - it starts to look like these musicians can do little wrong, purely based on the geographical circumstance of their birth. But there really is more to it than that. And that is - we truly do become shaped, conditioned and influenced by our natural or even unnatural surroundings.
Gehenna is very successful at simplistic, primal and secular black metal, with nullifying repetitions that seem to stretch out and emulate the expanse of Norwegian wilderness. Like Vemod, Gehenna feels like a culminating, leading-edge representation of what a nation with such an impeccable legacy should still be producing.