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Review: Nazghor - Death's Withered Chants
Death's Withered Chants

Label: Satanath Records
Year released: 2016
Duration: 54:42
Tracks: 10
Genre: Black Metal


Review online: June 29, 2017
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
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Rated 3.67/5 (73.33%) (6 Votes)

This album is starting off with an intro played by an organ. Don't know what to expect... Wait, wait!

Ha, melodic Swedish Black Metal it is. Respecting Dissection's heritage has never been a turn-off for me. In fact, it is more like the opposite, really. That's what this quintet named Nazghor from Uppsala, Sweden, does on their fifth album, Death's Withered Chants. The band was formed in 2012 and they are already on their fifth album.

On Death's Withered Chants, Nazghor perform their melody-infested, raw, and melancholic Black Metal in such a sweet way, propelling their Dissection-esque elements well throughout their entire material. They don't employ those elements as masterfully and in such an idea-rich way as Mr. Nödtveidt did when he still walked among us, but the influences are there. Overall the band's Black Metal flows well, and the songs have many catchy and melodic harmonies tangled in them, offering real ear candy for all the fans of this genre. In spite of the fact that they keep their songs lengthy with an average length being between 5-6 minutes, they do know how to make them work properly. On the title track, they have even stretched the song's length over 10 minutes, but they did it for the right reasons. "Death's Withered Chants" is a true standout song. It is a slow-paced, moody, and dark song full of melancholic writing.

Get Death's Withered Chants if you are a fan of first-class Swedish melodic Black Metal. This might be something for you.

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