|Review: Darkenhold - Castellum|
Label: Those Opposed Records
Year released: 2014
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: October 3, 2014
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (4 Votes)
Third album from the fine French band Darkenhold, who are really doing something different and distinctive within the realm of Black Metal. They have taken their melodic and riff-oriented songwriting to another level, with powerful, heavy songs that carry a lot of atmosphere and space. Whereas before they were very much in the vein of second-wave bands like Satyricon, now they include a degree of melodic riffery that sometimes calls to mind bands as epic as Moonsorrow. The guitars are the definite focus here, with even the vocals mixed far down and no other instrument taking space away from the almighty axes. Throughout the album, the songwriting remains varied, solid, and surprising. This band never settles for imitation, and they are really going for their own sound. A worthy successor to their last work, and a highly entertaining album.
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