|Review: Lolth - Daemonologie|
Label: Cult of Oblivion Recordings
Year released: 2023
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: November 20, 2023
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Rated 4/5 (80%) (3 Votes)
Lolth is an eponymous solo project from one of the owners of Washington, DC-based Cult of Oblivion Recordings, and in classic black metal style has released several demos, EPs, singles, and even a full-length in just two years of existence. The 2023 demo, Daemonologie, consists of two tracks (plus a creepy instrumental intro) of black metal that reaches back to the origins of the second wave with a cold atmosphere and tremolo picking, but also incorporates a bit more melody and has an organic feel, especially the drums which sound neither plastic nor programmed. The vocals are a high rasp and even less human sounding than a lot I've heard, which ups the chilling sense of evil hatred for all things in the light. I haven't heard any of this band's previous output, but Daemonologie is good enough and distinctive enough to make me want to explore the catalog more. So much black metal sounds very similar to what has come before, and I give Lolth credit for coming up with something just different enough to stand apart from the crowd.
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