Melodic Black Metal

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Melodic Black Metal is a sub-genre of black metal music. It features a higher focus on melodic guitar playing and sometimes keyboards than the more traditionally styled black metal acts do. They also tend to have more polished production values and a more direct style of songwriting focusing on riffs over atmosphere. Melodic black metal acts are also more likely to include some clean vocals in addition to growls in their music compared to more traditionally styled black metal acts. There is some crossover with symphonic black metal and artists that have produced releases in both styles, such as Dimmu Borgir and Cradle of Filth, are common.

Some of the most well known melodic black metal acts include Dissection, an early pioneer of the genre, along with Sacramentum. Windir, Kvist and Melechesh are also considered key melodic black metal acts.

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WORMWITCH Heaven That Dwells Within

Album · 2019 · Melodic Black Metal
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When it comes to black metal, I find there's the type that makes me think, "Sweet! I can totally immerse myself in this," and then there's the type that makes me think, "A bit too much slicing on the ol' tympanic membrane. Ease up a bit on the over-driven lo-fi treble tone."

Wormwitch's second album, "Heaven That Dwells Within" is of the first type. Right from the bursting intro of the drums, the Celtic Frostian "ough!", and the wash of guitar distortion, the music is like a swiftly hurtling cozy blanket that whisks me away. The production is warm and comfortable, not squeaky clean or living room lo-fi. The drums blast away. The vocals do what black metal vocals do. The guitar sounds and the riffs sweep you away across the frosts and snows of... Vancouver? Alright. It's a bit unusual to hear black metal performed so well from a city that's known more for rust than frost. But Wormwitch sure have a handle on what they're doing.

In general, the album is a sweet listening experience, but there are enough moments that pop out that have me checking the track list and what song is playing at the moment. That folky bit in "Vernal Womb". The pause and sudden drop downs in "Two Wolves". The changing riffs of "Midnight Sun" and the acoustic and clean vocal intro to "Dancing in the Ashes". It doesn't take long to pick out what makes each song different from most of the others. That's a good point for me. I appreciate an album that sounds great from start to finish, but it's the little highlights here and there that make individual tracks memorable.

I'm a bit surprised to see "crust" mentioned in Wormwitch's description. I don't hear any on this album. But I like it enough that I am interested in hearing their first album. Black metal experts might have more critical words to say about this record but I think it's really a well-done piece of work that I'll come back to.

SHADAR LOGOTH Curse

Album · 2008 · Melodic Black Metal
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SHADAR LOGOTH formed in 2003 in Bangor, Maine and derived its moniker from the ruined and possessed city in Robert Jordan’s “Wheel Of Time” books. Although still technically active the band has released only one demo in 2006 and two albums, this one album CURSE in 2008 and a followup titled “Music No Hope” in 2012 at least according to some databases but there are other bands out there with the same name so i’m not positive that is the case. The lineup has remained stable with Daniel Eaton (vocals, guitars), Samuel Denson (bass), Christopher Michaud (keyboards) and Philip “Ardroth” Trembley (drums, backing vocals) having been together since the band’s inception.

While generally classified as melodic black metal, SHADAR LOGOTH is one of those hard to peg types of extreme metal bands as it sounds like it’s equally engaged in thrash and death metal as well as occasional doom and other non-metal elements. There are times it even seems like it’s on the verge of going progressive in some sort of modern Enslaved stylistic approach. CURSE has six tracks and just breaks over the 37 minute mark. The band itself calls its music epic extreme metal and that may be the best classification of all because despite the lo-fi black metal tones and timbres through distortion and some of the tremolo picking, this band is really all over the place much like bands like Absu and Greece’s The Elysian Fields.

Right away with the opening track “Footsteps In The Snow” you will be questioning the arbitrary tag of black metal as the fiery thrash riffing bombast and incessant speed metal tempos is accompanied by epic clean vocals, sweeping keyboard atmosphere followed by death metal growls that engage in call and response. The musicians are all on fire with balls to the way guitar heft and extraordinary drumming outburst although the main beat is just simply keeping time. The metal eventually disappears altogether and a clean non-metal segment with arpeggiated guitars and epic folk dueling vocalists are followed by a melodic guitar solo. Sure the rhythm guitar is set on black metal distortion but is that enough to call it black metal? I don’t think so. The track picks up and bursts back into blistering metal. The tracks are generally extremely varied like this.

“Here Lyes-Planet Earth” shows the diverse rhythms this album uses as it begins with a military march drum style but quickly jumps into a jittery barrage of guitar riffing however the swirling smooth keyboards soar above the din and add a pacifying touch. At times when Eaton is in thrash metal mode he sounds a lot like James Hatfield of Metallica especially with his intonations and slurs of vowels. More often than not while in extreme metal mode though he is cranking out death metal growls. This is another track that perfectly displays what makes this album so interesting. The band is not afraid to jump into completely new turf and back all in the matter of a minute with a wide variety of guitar riffs, drumming patterns and vocal styles. Add to that the tempo changes occur frequently and the atmospheric keyboards aren’t overused. Often they drop out completely and you forget about them until they seep back into the mix.

Overall this is an excellent epic extreme metal release! Exactly the kind of stuff i love as it doesn’t fall into the trap of trying to sound like every other band out there yet also doesn’t engage in weird avant-garde experiments. SHADAR LOGOTH simply takes existing metal styles and does a patchwork of creative ideas. This is an engaging listen that takes you on a true musical journey. Perhaps the lo-fi aspects are the weakest link as i would prefer a better production job for music considered epic but it’s certainly not a deal breaker as it’s the music that really counts. This was an unexpected surprise and makes my dabbling in obscure music well worth the time and effort. Not sure why nothing has emerged from this band since, even if 2012’s “Music No Hope” is legit, but i would certainly love to hear more from these guys.

TYRMFAR Renewal Through Purification

Album · 2019 · Melodic Black Metal
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This is the second full-length release from Swiss metal act Trymfar, following on from 2017’s ‘Human Abomination’. Since then they have replaced their singer Alex with Robin (they only use first names, and real ones as opposed to something weird), but as I haven’t heard the debut I’m not sure what, if any, impact that has on their overall sound. I’ve seen Trymfar indicated in a few places as melodic black metal, but to my ears they are more like blackened death, as they contain quite large elements of both. For the most part it is an interesting mix, although I do wonder if this is self-produced as there are times when they continue a riff for just a few bars too long, so I found my interest waning here and there. But when the band are really firing, they become something really interesting indeed, as they manage to evoke the atmosphere of a black metal act with some of the power of a death metal band.

The sound can be a little muddied at time, but there is a spark within this release which makes me keep returning to it. Apparently they have been making quite a name for themselves on the festival circuit, and there is a lot of power within this release which certainly makes me think that might be the place to best see what this band is really about. Interesting and enjoyable as opposed to indispensable, but probably worth checking out.

ROTTING CHRIST The Heretics

Album · 2019 · Melodic Black Metal
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I was fairly late hearing Rotting Christ for the first time, but even I have been a fan for twenty years now. It is incredible to think that Sakis Tolis (vocals, guitars, keyboards) and his brother Themis (drums) formed this band as long ago as 1987, and now in their thirty-second year they have surely produced an album which is going to make the metal world sit up and take notice. The Greeks have brought in a couple of guests to help out and have then somehow produced one of the most incredible melodic black metal albums I have ever had the privilege to hear. The album opens with monks in their cloisters, a voice describes heretics, and then suddenly the band are crunching into “In The Name of God”. This is one of the most blistering, melodic and heavy black metal numbers I have come across as the riffs blast through in perfect unison, crunching everything into mush beneath the sheer power.

It is an incredibly brutal album, yet it is wrapped in symphonic majestic black metal power, a real iron fist inside a silk glove as it is incredibly commercial yet totally uncompromising all at the same time. That this has been picked up by music buyers and has catapulted it into charts all over the world is not a surprise to me, as any metalhead who hears this (no matter what subgenre they normally listen to) will just be blown away. Irina Zybina makes her presence felt on “Vetry Zlye” with some delicate additional vocals, adding yet another touch of class to what to my ears in a faultless album. I have been playing this a great deal, and I just can’t tire of it, each and every time I listen to it I am blown away by the sheer scale as this is something that feels to be far more than just music. This is a real force, an artistic creation which is monstrously beautiful. Now if only they could tour down here so I can hear this in the live environment then it would feel complete. This is one of the most important albums within this genre ever released, as it cuts through and across so many areas and is an amazing achievement.

EIKENSKADEN The Black Laments Symphony

Album · 2001 · Melodic Black Metal
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EIKENSKADEN is one of the many projects of Stefan Kozak of Metz, France. Other bands he has been involved with are Azerlath, Bolverk and Mystic Forest, the latter of which is what began this project in 1998 after that one ended. Mystic Forest only really got to the demo phase of band projects by the time this one was formed but continued in conjunct with this one. EIKENSKADEN has released four albums to date before truncated the moniker to simply SKADEN. This debut album THE BLACK LAMENTS SYMPHONIE came out in 2001.

Kozak’s interest in EIKENSKADEN was to create a more theatrical classical take on the black metal sound. The usual black metal elements are found in abundance such as tremolo picked guitar riffs, heavy buzzsaw distortion and raspy unintelligible lyrics screamed from under the din along with energetic deliveries that offer blastbeats and raging fury however the chaos is channeled with the order of neoclassical underpinnings which offer a much more melodic black metal experience than the average pissed off second waver.

The project consists of only two members. Kozak plays all the usual instruments which includes guitar, bass, drums, keyboards and piano and Gabriel “Gaabh” Palmieri plays only the lead guitar solos which there are plenty of. In addition to the relentless black metal bombast are soaring atmospheric melodies and introspective moments were classical piano rolls are left in solitude to conjure up a lugubrious melancholy. There are also doomy slower riffs that allow power chords to sustain while a lazy percussive backbeat allows the atmospheric wailing of the lead guitar to slink up and down spaced out musical scales.

While Kozak’s other band Mystic Forest was focused more on atmospheric constructs complete with female vocal parts, EIKENSKADEN is completely dedicated to thick noisy black metal that is married with neoclassical melodic compositional approaches which proves that the black metal aisle of the metal supermarket is the most adaptable to almost anything thrown at it. It almost always sticks and the infusion of Chopin piano chops and progressively infused guitar wails work quite well despite stealing a little thunder from the scary aspects that the genre can muster up.

Second wave black metal purists only interested in Satanic ritual music or evil as fuck bombast will probably hate this as much as Dimmu Borgir gets trashed but if you don’t mind an interesting mix of something that may resemble Symphony X more than Darkthrone at least in melodic flow then this isn’t a bad album at all. There’s enough black metal darkness to keep this from being too cheery but at the same time this style of music will never come close to be tagged depressive black metal either. A very cool hybrid but in the end not really enough variations in the album overall to make it absolutely essential either. This is an interesting album indeed that sits somewhere in between.

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