Di­vine El­e­ment


Metal Hammer (UK) - - Fresh Meat - Melodic black-hearts emerge from hi­ber­na­tion into glory DOM LAW­SON

Pa­tiently wait­ing for a new Di­vine El­e­ment al­bum may be a mi­nor­ity pas­time, but con­nois­seurs of the windswept and wicked know that the Greek/Hun­gar­ian band’s 2010 de­but was an over­looked gem. Seven years on, Thaurachs Of Borsu is ex­actly the kind of grand leap for­ward the band’s po­ten­tial al­luded to, with ev­ery­thing from their trade­mark folk-tinged melodies and mo­ments of black­ened fury to the al­bum’s raw but eerie at­mos­phere indi­cat­ing that DE have grown in stature. The key to their allure lies in their abil­ity to avoid be­ing pinned down to one handy sub­genere. There are ob­vi­ous debts to the epic, black­ened melodeath fan­tasias of In­som­nium and Cata­me­nia and to the pris­tine bom­bast of Rot­ting Christ, but no one song slots neatly into any spe­cific pi­geon­hole, and there are enough sub­tle de­tours to hold the at­ten­tion from start to fin­ish. Even on the glacial waltz of Be­yond This Sea, which chan­nels Bathory’s Nord­land al­bums with unashamed glee, this mys­te­ri­ous crew ex­ude enough of their own per­son­al­ity to make Thaurachs… an en­thralling re­turn.

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