Frightening as hell, & HEAVY!! Didn't want it to end, it's insane how great this album is!! This will be VERY NEAR the top of my end of year albums list! Best HP Lovecraft album I've ever heard!
Favorite track: Pillars.
UTKENA hail from Athens, Greece, and are a new black metal cryptic entity formed in 2019. Driven by esoteric peregrination in nature, darkness and death, the trio explores the obscure and contorted face of existence.
Following the highly acclaimed four-track EP entitled "The Firmament's Hand", UTKENA are now ready to unleash their anticipated debut full-length album "Nex Fornix" via Pest Productions shortly.
It is extremely advised to experience the six sonic incantations forged in striking riffs and sepulchral vocals. Into the horror infinity inspired by H. P. Lovecraft, audiences witness how the black magick earn this new entity prowess musically. The meticulously accomplished "Nex Fornix" evokes an abstract sensation that firmly links with deepest reverence and blackest imagination.
I would describe HAVUKRUUNU's new album as "typically Finnish". Not only because of the Finnish lyrics, also the anthemic pagan black metal reminds me at Finnish masters like Moonsorrow. "Uinuos Syömein Sota" is majestic and melodic and it offers some piercing traditional guitar passages and heroic chorusses. Check "Kunnes Varjot Saa", a catchy and powerful track which contains all the strengths described. Last but not least: This album spreads positive vibes despite all aggressive elements! H.L.
Excellent black metal from top to bottom, properly brutal and dissonant, yet balanced with melodic sections and attention-keeping songwriting. This is my favorite kind of black metal, properly blending the traditions of old with some improvements of the new, like clear production and a consistent sense of *kiss-sound-effect* black metal perfectionism throughout the album. Recommended for fans of Barshasketh, Inferno, Thy Darkened Shade, Sargeist Shane Cotee
I don't really like black metal much. But... this is pitched far enough from the archetypes of the genre that I can actually enjoy it as the beautiful piece of progressive metal that it is. Lethologica82