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Review: Nächtlich - Third Ritual
Third Ritual

Label: Inferna Profundus Records
Year released: 2023
Originally released in: 2018
Duration: 23:28
Tracks: 5
Genre: Black Metal


Review online: February 13, 2023
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
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Rated 3.75/5 (75%) (4 Votes)

This is a reissue and, listening to it, I could have sworn it was something originally released in the early to mid-90s, but no, this Canadian one-man band (now a duo, but not back then) released it on tape back in 2018. The black metal here is raw but not "bathroom-recording raw," just abrasive and to the point. The band banks a lot on atmosphere and the synth parts remind me a bit of the likes of Burzum and other bands doing this back in the day, very atmospheric and dark, but kind of relaxing (your mileage may vary; I relax with disturbing stuff). Two of the tracks are ambient synth and fit really well with the others that are more in-your-face, straightforward second-wave black metal with creepy rasps and the occasion "howls" that are just as creepy. To some extent I'm reminded of Old Forest's debut, Into the Old Forest. Bands, take note, this is how you use synths in black metal. This is 23+ minutes of raw, atmospheric hell.

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