|Review: Setoml - Reincarnation|
Label: Satanath Records
Year released: 2020
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: September 30, 2020
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Rated 3.75/5 (75%) (4 Votes)
Setoml (which, according to the band, is "the ancient name of one of the rivers, which leaked on Obolon area and flowed into the Pochayna River in the Kyiv city". I'll let the historians in our audience verify that) is a two-man act helmed by Anto Semeneko (DeMort) on all instruments and Serge Krivoviaz on vocals. They appear to have been very active in the Ukrainian scene for quite some time, which would explain how professional their debut Reincarnation sounds.
They call themselves Melodic Black Metal, and there's certainly a solid melodic sensibility to the proceedings, but that's not to say they lack bite. This album is composed of punishing, violent, and often eerie Black Metal that's not too far off from what Dimmu Borgir did on their 2005 reimagining of Stormblast. This makes for a release that's infectious despite how oppressive and bleak it is, all topped off with a perfectly clear production job and the unusual croaks of Serge, who even dips into theatrics on "By the Dark Lake". For those looking for more melodic Black Metal that doesn't sacrifice aggression of atmosphere, this is worth checking out.
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