Volahn (USA)

Black metal.  Riffs abound, and an axe-guy like me will eat this up.  The melodies and guitar tone have a more than passing resemblance to early Taake.  However, the level of emotion and conviction in the music is something that not even Hoest has been able to recreate in many years.  Though the production has some grit, this is still extremely accessible in its beauty.  They also use some interesting effects, Spanish-influenced acoustic guitar, and even bird sounds to add to the already deep atmosphere.  On the downside, things get a little repetitive about halfway through.  The songs are different, but maybe not different enough.  A little more zest to the songwriting and this could have easily been a 9 or higher.  Bandcamp.


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