Every now and then, we’re gifted with a black metal act that really knows how to transcend the style in many different ways. From hearkening back to the classic and cold days of black metal to today’s incredibly unpredictable scene of innovation, ferocity, and macabre beauty. It’s often enough that we get to witness bands that take bits and pieces of all that to incorporate into their work, but it’s rare to see a single act pack it all into one effort with masterful execution. Coming to continue their near legendary run, Dødsferd provides exactly that.
If you’re anything like me, the thing that caught your attention for this effort isn’t the name Dødsferd itself even though it’s a very respected and talented name, but it’s the cover art. Very simplistic but with plenty of power, it’s a very solid representation of what any listener can come to expect from the glory that is “Diseased Remnants of a Dying World”. Everything about what Dødsferd channels what they’ve been building upon for years now as they’ve continued to hone their black metal to a fine craft that’s fucking amazing eat right up time and time again! While this record isn’t exactly a super complicated and layered sphere of dozens of moving parts the likes of what we might come to expect from bands like Midnight Odyssey, Dødsferd manages to attain to plenty of tropes of black metal that we’ve come to love and revere like cold riffs to vicious vocals but also invoking a slightly modern spirit from the clean vocals to the slight experimentation in some tracks across the trip that is “Diseased Remnants of a Dying World”.
First listening to this record, I was genuinely impressed at how organic all five tracks felt and also how well they stood next to each other as we’re greeted by tracks from six to sixteen minutes in length with an absolute menagerie of intricacies that come into play from what I thought was going to be closer to a more “run-of-the-mill” black metal record than what Dødsferd delivered. Each listen has provided something new to eat right up as “Diseased Remnants of a Dying World” plays by the classic book of black metal with extreme loyalty but not without the occasional leap as this trio is not afraid to shake things up just a little to keep things interesting, and that’s what helps make all five of these tracks so fun to listen to over and over again. The replayability is at an absolute high here as I’ve been listening to “Diseased Remnants of a Dying World” for hours now and still haven’t been able to get over all the gorgeous vocals, hypnotic instrumentation, impeccable musicianship that graces every moment, and a diversity in sound that shows Dødsferd is one of the most talented bands out there now that manages to constantly walk that line of playing by the book and innovation quite nicely.
There’s virtually no stone left unturned with “Diseased Remnants of a Dying World” and it’s easily one of the most well-rounded black metal records that I’ve had the immense joy and pleasure of hearing this year, and I honestly couldn’t think of a better act to have done it than Dødsferd. This trio has long been a secret treasure of the underground with the band’s cult status rising bit by bit as they soldiered on with each release, but I truly believe it’s with these five magnificent tracks that I can see Dødsferd getting the following that they so rightfully deserve.
“Diseased Remnants of a Dying World” releases on December 14th via Transcending Obscurity Records!
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