|Review: One Master - The Names of Power|
|The Names of Power|
Label: Eternal Death
Year released: 2023
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: October 20, 2023
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
for:The Names of Power
Rated 3.33/5 (66.67%) (3 Votes)
Another blast from the past. I reviewed this band's debut back in 2006, and while I thought they had chops, their lyrics were all about Dragonlance, and so, well, they were pretty obviously not taking their shit seriously. I am surprised to see they are still around, let alone that this is their fifth album. What a world we live in.
This is almost a completely different band, with only guitarist/vocalist Valder remaining from the earlier incarnations. It seems they have gotten to writing some actually serious lyrical content, so thankfully I can just evaluate this based on merits, and musically One Master are pretty good. This is very much in the vein of classic second-wave bands like Darkthrone or Gorgoroth, though One Master do flash a bit more melody and songwriting ambition than that would suggest. Overall this is solid if not exactly groundbreaking.
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