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Review: Apocryphal - When There Is No Light
When There Is No Light

Label: Earthquake Terror Noise
Year released: 2018
Duration: 44:09
Tracks: 8
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: August 8, 2018
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Readers Rating
When There Is No Light

Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (4 Votes)

This Italian Black Metal horde hails from Verona, Italy, and formed back in 2014. The band threw themselves on the Black Metal altar with their limited edition 3-song EP, Enemy of Mankind.

Their debut album, When There Is No Light, reminds me musically of the past Swedish melodic Black Metal scene, with bands like Unanimated, Mörk Gryning and the likes. In faster, more high-octave testosterone parts such as on "Violence of Unique God", they bring an early Impaled Nazarene twist into the music, which I really like. Then they have songs like "Under the Black Fag of Babylonian" and "Midnight Sky" that have many layers structure-wise, retaining all good things of how melodic Black Metal should sound, both melodic and melancholic and at the same time aggressive and in-your-face.

Gianmarco Bassi's vocals are your typical dry, croaked Black Metal, and Diego Gini's drumming gets kind of one-dimensional and annoyingly clumsy from time to time, which eats away a small part of the album's whole entertainment level.

When There Is No Light is a pretty decent opener for these Italian blacksters.

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