Chontaraz – Rondamauh – Video

The Norwegian dark-metal quintet Chontaraz will be releasing their début LP Rondamauh on the 24th.

Chontaraz - Photo credit - Elisabeth Jakobsen Photography

Chontaraz – Photo credit – Elisabeth Jakobsen Photography

A dystopian industrial darkness settles in to the room as the title track Rondamauh, which has been released as a stand-alone single, surges from the speakers.

Tightly reigned combinations flow through each other, giving the song its deep texturing that captures the essence of the track as Chontaraz use neither furious pace nor scowling menace to deliver their compositions of powerful presence.

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God Of Nothing – Bridge Burner – Audio

The US dark-metal outfit God Of Nothing are finalising details of the EP Silent Silhouette.

God Of Nothing

God Of Nothing

Bridge Burner – from the forthcoming release showcases their well measured style of delivery which allows God Of Nothing to develop the themes of their songs in thickly piled layers of sound that stride menacingly around the room.

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Endlight – Darker Than Dreams – Single Review

The US dark-metal sextet Endlight released the three track single Darker Than Dreams on the 1st.

Endlight

Endlight

Opening with the Vethes Ariv – if you have not come across Endlight before you may consider that you are in for a symphony as delicate keys and flute disport themselves through the room prior to cascading drums and guitars hurtling, like water breaching a dam, from the speakers in a just over four minute track without vocal.

Next is Frost On The Wind which careens from the speakers prior to developing into an almost eight an a half-minutes of brooding orchestration which splices between two voices of disparate approach and again the flute, which spreads its wings through the piece, allows Endlight to surprise the listener with sounds of haunting fragility – my pick of the release.

The closer on Darker Than Dreams (available on bandcamp) is Worldreaver’s Cry – another track in which the sextet are able to sidestep the listener with a composition of first rate quality and intricate runnels.

I certainly look forward to hearing more of Endlight – a talented and able group of songwriters and musicians – unafraid to travel their own path.

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Infernal Angels – Belial: The Deceiver – Video

The Italian dark-metal quintet – Infernal Angels – release the LP Ars Goetia on the 20th of January.

Infernal Angels - Ars Goetia - artwork

Infernal Angels – Ars Goetia – artwork

Like a dense covering descending over the room the – Belial: The Deceiver – the penultimate of the ten tracks – showcases their muted, melodic, yet frenetic guitars surrounded by percussion firing at the skins as through a sports car revving its engine whilst the bass circles menacingly, from which the howled vocal spills in an out of focus.

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