Of all the canvases that the world of metal can provide, black metal has got to be the best one you can choose should you want to bring forth a vision that’s no less than grand in scope. That’s what many atmospheric/ambient bands of the genre go for, and recently it’s the duo of Battle Dagorath that have been making a name for themselves creating such epic visages. With their fifth full-length, this international band doesn’t disappoint as we’re treated to one of the greatest albums this style has presented this year.
For those of you who aren’t Tolkien buffs, the very name of Battle Dagorath literally means “Battle of Battles” which thus signals the ending of the world itself. There couldn’t possibly be a more fitting name for a band such as this as their sound brilliantly encapsulates the largest battles between gods, men, elves, and the other races of Middle-Earth while also presenting a sense of ambiance that beautifully shows all that the light touches as well as those places drenched in darkness, all in exquisitely delicious detail. The whole of “II – Frozen Light of Eternal Darkness” is a brilliant display of black metal that comes in long-winded expanses that come together amazingly well to where you’re sitting through a ten-minute piece, but the soundscape is constantly shifting to take you to a new corner of Arda every single minute. Even if “Frozen Light of Eternal Darkness” isn’t meant to be a musical representation of Middle-Earth, it can still be molded to be such as this album is the second part of a cycle that Battle Dagorath that is all but epic in scope. Each corner of this album illicit all sorts of visions of both dark and light that are brought forth by the incredible instrumentation that these two men bring to the table in such quantity as well as quality that many other bands who want to craft atmospheric records like this of their own, then they need to study this like it’s their fucking job! Everything comes together ridiculously well with “Frozen Light of Eternal Darkness” to where it’s hard not to call this the most impressive record from Battle Dagorath, and it’s no hard task to see why I say that.
There are times where it seems like every other band that goes for an atmospheric black metal approach is actually really good, but that’s not the case at all as they’re quite scarce in an incredibly saturated scene that stretches worldwide. Battle Dagorath is an undeniable example of an immense talent that, despite having quite the fan base, is still criminally unheard of, but I feel this record can change all of that. “II – Frozen Light of Eternal Darkness” is a truly gripping album that holds you in place from start to finish, and takes you through an experience from light to darkness that few other groups around then entire world can provide.
“II – Frozen Light of Eternal Darkness” releases on October 3rd via Avantgarde Music!
LISTEN to an advanced track from “II – Frozen Light of Eternal Darkness” via Bandcamp here or below.
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