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Review: Uada - Djinn

Label: Eisenwald
Year released: 2020
Duration: 59:59
Tracks: 6
Genre: Black Metal


Review online: August 27, 2020
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
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Rated 3.82/5 (76.36%) (11 Votes)

Uada's last album—Cult of a Dying Sun back in 2018—was a really powerful, intricate album, and yet there was a conventional-ness to the style and songwriting that I didn't think they'd be able to shake. Here on their third album they blow all that away within the first three minutes of the opening title track. "Djinn" starts out with something that almost sounds like a NWOBHM riff, then transitions into what could be a melodeath lick, and finally mutates into a pounding evocation of melodic Black Metal. Like that song, this whole album is a dizzying tour de force of power, class, and audacity.

Uada have taken their high-grade influences: Dissection, Agalloch, Immortal, and even Inquisition, and melded them together into something they can really call their own. The way the songwriting on this mutates, shapeshifts, and then comes down hard on unexpected yet awesome melodic ideas just continually surprises and delights through the whole album. It's rare for a band to be able to innovate this hard without shuffling right off the board entirely, but this is definitely and defiantly a Black Metal album, despite how fresh and original the band has managed to make it sound. The riffs are melodic, hooky, and always surprising, and the melodies are unexpected and yet completely satisfying. I think I can go ahead and call this the album of the year right fucking now, as I don't think anything else will come close.

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