A fresh approach to the essence of black metal
Those who know of ICS Vortex
recognize him as the operatic vocals behind Lamented Souls
and (until recently) Dimmu Borgir
. However, it is not as renown that Vortex
has also sang traditional black metal vocals in the Norwegian "super-group" Borknagar
is much different than its predecessor, The Archaic Course
, for the major reason that it's goal is to reconnect the band with his premiere-album sound: regular black metal. However, as much of a leap that is, we can still find Oystein Brun playing actual guitar solos in addition to the tremolo-picked riffs. Keyboards, however, are at a minimum in exchange for wall-to-wall, buzz-saw black metal at surprisingly clear quality.
The one thing that is obvious on this album is that Vortex
, who's Epic
voice we had enjoyed on The Archaic Course
, is replaced with high-pitched growling. The major exception, of course, is the fourth track "Colossus
", an Epic
track about nature and everything else that Borknagar
knows all too well how to portray in their lyrics.
Other than that, there's not much more to say about this album. It's a fresh approach to the essence of black metal, sure to appease both kvlties and fans of ICS Vortex