02. Let the Satan In
03. When Our Vengeance Is Finished
05. After I’m Gone
06. Past The Grave
07. A Beast to Reward
09. We Are The Apolcaypse
Black metallic has undergone so many transformations and mutations over the previous couple of many years that it’s typically simple to miss the straightforward thrill of bands like DARK FUNERAL. At all times common however by no means fairly as critically lauded as a few of their much less direct contemporaries, the Swedes deal in large, brash and bombastic extremity that’s by no means afraid to exert most heavy metallic energy. Consequently, no one goes to be significantly stunned by “We Are The Apocalypse”, not less than by way of its creators’ general strategy. However DARK FUNERAL are so ridiculously good at these items — and Lord Ahriman is such an underrated however eerily constant songwriter — that the truth that these songs are merely larger and higher interpretations of the identical grimly brutal components feels extra like a promoting level than a downside.
House owners of uncovered jugulars will rue their complacency when this album kicks off. “Dusk” is the proper opener: insanely quick and livid, it begins as an obscene, obsidian blastbeat tirade earlier than erupting into an enormous refrain, ripe for inciting a riotous singalong. And therein lies the important thing to DARK FUNERAL‘s greatness, significantly at this level of their profession. That is remorselessly excessive and black-hearted music, however with an unwavering connection to the artwork of memorable heavy metallic songwriting. “Let The Satan In” makes the identical level with equal depth. Right here, vocalist Heljarmadr‘s rancid roar and venomous lyrics are crystal clear, and the riffs underpinning them strike a wonderful steadiness between discordant filth and triumphant, metallic pomp. In the meantime, “When Our Vengeance Is Finished” is so unpretentiously vicious and evil that it could possibly be an outtake from the Swedish veterans’ debut album, “The Secret of the Black Arts”, from 26 years in the past, albeit with twice the sonic energy and sharper hooks.
As with 2016’s broadly lauded “The place Shadows Eternally Reign”, “We Are The Apocalypse” does characteristic a tune or two that dares to stray from the crushed, bloody monitor. “After I’m Gone” suits the invoice right here, with its ambling, tribal gait and hazy shades of post-metal, whereas “Leviathan” weaves arcane threats and moments of eerie restraint right into a taut framework of mid-paced menace and neck-snapping blasts. There are grim depths to be explored, or you possibly can simply bang your head till you puke via your eye sockets, significantly through the closing title monitor, which is nothing in need of berserk. Both means, DARK FUNERAL‘s seventh full-length album hits the infernal nail firmly on the pinnacle and these are among the greatest songs they’ve ever recorded. A easy thrill, however an enormous, shudder-inducing thrill nonetheless.
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