Zhrine – Unortheta (2016)

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Author: Jan Jakobsen

Band: Zhrine

Album: Unortheta

Label: Season of Mist

Genre: Black/Death Metal

Born from the ashes of brutal death metal band Gone Postal, rises Zhrine as a dissonant and highly experimental death metal phoenix. With a member from Svartidauði and ex-member of Naðra you can probably tell what they’re going to sound like if you’re somewhat familiar with the Icelandic black metal scene that’s been growing and become famous in the underground metal scene in the last few years. What Zhrine brings to the table is a highly technical, dissonant and experimental sound that’s unlike most others. I reviewed Devouring Star early last year and gave them a fairly favorable review and Zhrine seems to have added a more death metal edge to the sonic explosion, but there certainly are elements that they both share. Continue reading

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Dynfari – Vegferð Tímans (2015)

Author: Dave

Band: Dynfari

Release: Vegferð Tímans

Label: Code666 Records

With the recent glut of atmospheric black metal bands that have come out in the last few years, I feel like there’s a bit of a saturation effect going on here. I do enjoy listening to the genre, but for whatever reason I get the feeling that it’s an “easy” genre in that any time the composition can take a back seat to atmosphere and reverb, that there are likely going to be corners cut and shortcuts taken. Now whether Dynfari are guilty of that or not I won’t say, but I feel like that sort of preface is important when reviewing any album of this genre.

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