Back in 2005 Darzamat unleashed the groundbreaking and still what I consider to be the definitive of Dark Metal that is the album Transkarpatia. Finally we get the follow up and it does not disappoint utilizing the same formula of melodic Gothic atmosphere and Black/Death Metal brutality. As with the previous albums Darzamat continues to use the Beauty and the Beast vocal style and it truly is one of the best examples of the style around today.
The album begins with some tranquil vocalizing and the opener 'False Sleepwalker' erupts into a barrage of symphonic brutality lead by Flauros' raspy growls and Nera's hauntingly melodic contrast. From the get go you can tell this album is going to be just as amazing as Transkarpatia. But the question is does it surpass it's predecessor or is simply another helping of the same thing?
That question is answered on the following track 'Vote For Heresy' as the band kicks up the pace and shows that they have a new found aggressiveness unheard on the previous album. The guitars on Solfernus Path def have a prominent role and can range from chaotic technical Black Metal esque riffing to Death style leads and even some nice solo's/breakaways are found riddled through out the album.
Keyboardist Spectre is a very skilled musician and keeps a melodic feel to the most brutal and chaotic points of the album. Such as the epic and personal favorite 'Final Conjuration' where Spectre uses basic symphonic styles to keep a overall dark atmosphere to the brutal overtones of the pummeling double bass and roaring guitars.Read more ›
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