ravencult – temples of torment (2007)

through my black metal explorative journey, supported by youtube, i come across such pieces of art that totally embrace me and keep me from multitasking. today was a lucky day and the greek band’s debut is such an album. the 2007 work is, in blood, fiercely old-school. razor sharp guitars, (extremely well played) fierce drums, shrieking vocals and no bullshit. the song structures, cymbal / shriek openings or fade out / ring out closings, or the loud chanting that open and close the album, are so in tradition. but, and that’s a big but, it is so fresh. the clear and crisp production gives all the instruments’ due, the sound borders industrial and the vocal effects fit the music perfectly. especially the first half carries a strong punk influence that we came to love in black metal, when executed this successfully. you just can’t help but bang your head or play the air drum (if that is a thing). things take a more traditional nordic turn by the sixth song “the nightsky codex”, my favourite, which is oh so slow and strong. the last two classic black metal pieces and the loud chanting close the album, which i wouldn’t mind playing in loop.

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