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Review: Alghazanth - Eight Coffins Nails
Eight Coffins Nails

Label: Woodcut Records
Year released: 2018
Duration: 51:13
Tracks: 9
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: July 8, 2018
Reviewed by: Bruno Medeiros
Readers Rating
Eight Coffins Nails

Rated 3.83/5 (76.67%) (6 Votes)

After almost 25 years of bringing death, Satanism, tales of darkness and overall badassery to the Black Metal world, I was surprised to see that Alghazanth closed up shop in June, but the Finnish veterans led by Gorath Moonthorn (drums) and Thasmorg (vocals, bass) called it a day with a blaze of glory, in the form of their eighth journey to the depths of Hell. This is way better than its predecessor, The Three-Faced Pilgrim (2013) - which was sort of a letdown - and a marvelous ending to an equally marvelous career. Songs like "Facing the North", "The Woe of Many Masks" and the epic "To Flames the Flesh" make use of almost every element and tone set by the Finns throughout their history, fittingly making the record a respectable swan song.

Fierce and brutal, but at the same time epic and melodic, Eight Coffin Nails has more than enough quality to be Alghazanth's final album, and while the pace and virtuosity of some tracks can be a reminder of a band trying to sound relevant by today's standards, the analogic atmosphere and overall songwriting are a statement that Gorath and friends have never strayed from their true nature, which is rooted in the early forms of Symphonic Black Metal. To call this "good" would be an understatement, so take a bow, Alghazanth, and rest assured that your place in Black Metal history is safe.

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