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Review: Svartsyn - Requiem

Label: Carnal Records
Year released: 2020
Duration: 46:24
Tracks: 6
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: October 10, 2020
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating

Rated 4/5 (80%) (1 Vote)

Svartsyn have been kicking for almost 30 years now, presenting some quite different sounds as time goes by. This is their tenth full-length album, and it gets back to what I thought they were good at, ditching the rather generic Black/Death sounds of their mid-period for a welcome dose of dirty, old-school thugging. This is definitely a Black Metal album that harks back to the second-wave sounds of bands like Satyricon or Gorgoroth when they were still highly influenced by the first-wave sounds of Venom or Celtic Frost. The guitar sound is a punishing, cold bludgeon, the vocals are a harsh but understandable rasp, and the compositions are big and atmospheric with plenty of room for heaviness as well as catchy riffage. A fine return to form for this long-running band.

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