|Review: Bornholm - Primaeval Pantheons|
Label: Massacre Records
Year released: 2016
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: January 22, 2017
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Rated 4.25/5 (85%) (8 Votes)
This is the fourth album for Bornholm, who have made some enjoyable blasts of speedy Black Metal in the past, but this time they have really stepped it up. By slowing down a bit, they have allowed their melodic work to shine through, and it gives their sound a much more epic edge. More dynamic also gives their music more range and character, and so this is not the rather faceless speed blur of some of their older works. This is the first time I really hear the influence of the great Sear Bliss – guitarist Vozargh's other band.
This is just a solid album, with big, expansive songwriting that reminds me of Forefather at their best, or even of Melechesh in places, with the fast, precise riff-picking and the haunting melodies. These songs are complex, deep, and reveal a lot of new details on additional listens, so every trip through this album is a new pleasure. Recommended.
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