There is no a turkey on this album. It’s a joy to listen to from start to finish. If you like clever progressive metal that does not sound too derivative, then you might want to pick this up. Oh yes, one more thing, this is their debut release. An impressive mature release from a band that is only three years old.
Svarti Loghin: Drifting Through the Void
This is supposed to be death metal, honest. No sure how often I have found death metal so enthralling and relaxing. No doubt black metal purists will have a fit when they hear this. It's intense yes, but at the same time more epic soundscapes than anything full of blast-beats and death growls. Yes, there are a few death grunts in the background here and there to add the intensity, but nothing in your face, as is the norm.
The name of the CD and music therein reminds the listener of the stories of HP Lovecraft. Tales of awe-inspiring beauty, odd shapes and sounds that drive one to madness. This is the perfect soundtrack to listen to while reading Cthulhu mythos. Yes, it's creepy at times, but there is enough beauty to push you on deeper into the musical maelstrom.
This is heady, heavy stuff that truly is fascinating to listen to, especially with headphones. They seem to be striving to make an album that belies every single death metal cliché. If you are brave in your musical selections, I urge you to pick this up. It never sounds the same twice.
The Devil’s Blood: The Time of No Time Evermore
If it weren’t for the band’s name and the fact they play something called okult rock these guys would be mainstream. The music is some cracking rock that might fall somewhere between the Black Crowes and Thin Lizzy with a hint of the Eagles. It's laid back rock with a heavy vibe that is just very cool.
They got it down pat. The press release makes absolutely no sense and the music is just enthralling. “The Yonder Beckons” is one catchy as stink tune that gets under the skin and sticks in the head. Everytime I listen to this CD, it reminds me a bit of "Hotel California," if not a tad heavier. Not a duff track here and it has all those qualities that bring you back for more.