almyrkvi – pupil of the searing maelstrom (ep, 2016)

ever since samael took all of us totally off guard by the first beats of “rain” some twenty years ago (whoa), not only with its unprecedentedly evolved and fresh sound structure (which took years to accept for the conservative metalhead), but also a fresh concept, several black metal bands have dabbled in space stuff. today cosmic black metal is a thing. besides the likes of black metal elite oranssi pazuzu, bands like alrakis (reviewed below), darkspace, midnight odyssey, mesarthim and such include cosmic black metal elements in their music in varying degrees. now almyrkvi, the one man project of icelander garðar s. jónsson, the guitarist of sinmara, have hit us hard with his oven-fresh debut ep. the music is slow, heavy, loaded with electronic effects and using the electronic beats for emphasis to perfection. the vocals are throaty and brutal and seriously, i have no problem with that. the fourth song feeding the void is my favourite. i have a feeling that i will fondly look back at today as the beginning of something beautiful.

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