|Review: Veldraveth - Martyrdom|
Year released: 2021
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: June 6, 2022
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Rated 4/5 (80%) (3 Votes)
Veldraveth have been spreading the plague of Black Metal across Venezuela over the course of their 21+ year career, with Martyrdom being (at the time of writing) their most recent addition to the onslaught. The closest comparison you can make is later Dark Funeral with their marriage of creeping, atmospheric passages and blistering, face-tearing blasts of hatred and evil, though there’s also a bit of Behemoth’s commanding presence that really catches the ear and drags it down to the depths of Hell. The band is at its best when they slow down to build up tension before they break it with sound and fury to spare, but there’s no part of this I would call poor or even just decent. There’s nothing here that’s original, but Veldraveth have never been about bringing anything new to the table, they just bring goats to slaughter on it using what’s been known to work, and like always, they do such a damn good job of it as the 50+ minute run time flies by like it’s nothing (especially impressive with their last song, "Epithome IV: Clausura," which is over 15 minutes long). Uncompromising and reliable as always.
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