Rocks splash against the jagged coastline beneath the looming tower, perched atop the end of what seems the world before the black waters. Yet, this haunting spire hid more of its depths within the earth, winding down into the stone below. The churning seas splashed against a the maw of a cave that was as vast as it was dark, guarding the secrets that lurked further in. It is here we find our host, the Mad Barron himself, carrying yet another cryptic tome as he stilled himself at the edge of where all the depths met. His yellow, luminous eyes gazed out upon the horizon, into a storm brewing in the distance. The crack of thunder and the slashing lightning stirred his cold soul as his usual grimace turned into a smirk. Opening the tome, his eyes still captivated by the storm beyond, he raised the large, decrepit book and let loose the terror within, wailing and sundering the sky in equal ferocity as the tempest abound.
"Welcome back to another Metal Monday, my fiends and monsters. Do we have a treat this time around. Unbeknownst to me, Ninkharsag awaited me within the dusty halls that I had wander on occasion. Forgotten, overlooked, this gem of a band is a must for all who enjoy Black Metal however this also pleases fans of Melodic and Death metal alike, very much reminding me of such greats as Abbath, Lek, and Rimfrost. It has that dark, cold that all of them carry with the prowess and horror-toned lyrics as Rimfrost while vocally reminding me more of Lek. Overall, this second release (yes, I am late to the party as usual) is a phenomenal release and would highly recommend for anyone old or new to the genre, or if you just need something familiar yet different.
The Dread March Of Solemn Gods. Right out the gate, the title is absolutely a hook and sells me of what is to come while the cover art is on point with how to visualize where this journey is about to take us. I mean, it captures my mourning commute perfectly! *sinister, ridiculous laugh ensues* So, two solid efforts of presentation with the cover and title but let us delve into the real tasty bits, the succulent marrow of metal that Ninkharsag has loosed upon us.
Track Breakdown (Key Points)
1.) Night Wraith - First track, atmospheric and instrumental, a fantastic way to structure and an equally sweet tune. Not to mention, it is title Night Wraith and that is ideal for how I like to address Metal bands such as this.
2.) The Dread March Of Solemn Gods - Continuing from the first track, we kick into gear and set off wailing into the cold wastes. Less than 40 secs in you will be assaulted with awesome wails and guitar work followed shortly by thunderous drums and synergy. Honestly, a stellar way to start an album not to mention be your title track.
3.) Under the Dead of Night - The lyrics creep me out because it makes me think of home... such as "Descend the crumbling stairway to the labyrinth within... Can you hear the howling on the night winds?" Yeah, this one is written gold.
4.) Lunar Hex; The Art Of Mighty Lunar Lycanthropy - Werewolves!? Oh, such creatures I can relate to and made better by this strong, ferocious track.
5.) The Necromanteion - Haunting intro pulls you in and once it kicks in you will be hooked HOWEVER this track has the choice riff in it. Give listen to this wickedness starting at 3:00 on... and thank me later.
6.) Discipline Through Black Sorcery - Discipline AND Black Sorcery in the same sentence? This must truly be a powerful tune.
7.) The Tower Of Perpetual Twilight - Possible Theme Song given the lyrics. This song starts of super strong and is unrelenting as it continues with woe and doom.
8.) Spectres Of The Ancient World - 2:26 on hides the true strength of this song and rivals the work in The Necromanteion. This also has some of the atmospheric elements that are few and far.
9.) Strigoi Diabolicum - Vampires too!? This album has it all, folks. Yet, here at the end is one of the best tracks. The level of work put into the song is wild and brilliant, drawing me back everytime to listen. 1:30 has a change in power like Ninkharsag was just waiting until the end to unleash. This track hooked me from the gate and really shows off their skill and understanding of the genre.
Nine tracks... Yeah, this album offers not only quality but quantity! Overall, a dark and delightful album to add to your collection. It now haunts my halls and I couldn't be more ecstatic. If I have to choose a song to promote or say is favored then it would be that the last is the best: Strigoi Diabolicum. This is tough considering that epic guitar work in The Necromanteion but I stand with the vampire finale as my top pick yet keep in mind, this album as a whole is ridiculous. It staggers me that it is completely great from beginning to end and is so well put together.
Now, go unto this week with renewed vigor and The Dread March Of Solemn Gods to steel you against the cold, treacherous winds abound." \../
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THE MAD BARRON
The Source Of The Metal