Monday, April 3, 2017


V/A "Desert Dances & Serpent Sermons" Cassette

Im not sure if this is a compilation, or a 4way split. Anyway, this is a Black Twilight release with songs from Volahn, Shataan, Arizmenda & Kallathon. As I've said repeatedly, I feel Black Metal has gone stale. How BM bands aren't doing anything fresh or new, and I feel i could've even said that about Black Twilight bands 8/9 years ago (though they were good, they just didn't necessarily bring anything new to the table). That isn't the case now, these bands have really come into their own, embraced their Mexican/Aztec heritage and have done something truly unique. The Volahn track might be the one I feel has changed the most, as their are indigenous folk instruments being utilized and ya even get an Ennio Morricone sound at times, and the same can be said about all the bands, notably Shataan (with their use of the flute & who might be my favorite act in this incestuous scene) and Kallathon. Arizmenda might be the most orthodox, but then again, it really isn't. Each song is flush with energy and emotion and just a  tad bit of general uneasiness, which, of course, one wants in a Black Metal song, no? Im so glad these acts have found their footing, because what was once good BM bands is now amazing BM bands.This is well worth your time.

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