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Black Frost

NU­CLEAR BLAST Ger­man doom­sters emerge from the shad­ows

Af­ter a decade of toil, 2017’s King Delu­sion put Nailed To Ob­scu­rity’s doom/death on the radar of a wider au­di­ence, not least Nu­clear Blast, for whom this is their de­but. Al­ways tee­ter­ing be­tween grand melodies and op­pres­sive at­mos­phere, NTS em­ploy a more epic, rest­less melodic death metal edge than pre­vi­ously. The open­ing ti­tle track builds lay­ers of mourn­ful leads and the el­e­gant strum­ming of Opeth’s early and mid-pe­ri­ods. Raimund En­nenga trades vis­cous growls with more gothic-tinged clean vo­cals to balance the trou­bled un­der­cur­rents of Fear­dom, and though The Aber­rant Host’s build to windswept glory is en­tirely pre­dictable it’s ex­e­cuted with such verve that it’s im­pos­si­ble not to be trans­ported to cold moun­tain ranges at dusk.

FOR FANS OF: Par­adise Lost, In­som­nium, Opeth


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