I hadn’t really heard of Nechochwen when I first listened to this album. I was aware of the sort of Native American themes they focus on but otherwise I was in the dark, having basically stumbled onto this album’s page on the Nordvis Records Bandcamp. But it seemed intriguing, and any album whose tags include “black metal”, “acoustic”, and “folk rock” definitely has my attention. But this album totally blew me away.
I wanted to remind everyone of Forndom’s EP ‘Flykt’ and put together a few thoughts on it. Forndom draw particularly from Norse culture and folklore, nature, and Scandinavian history. What this results in is music that blends elements of dark ambient music with tribal, ritual, folk and neofolk music (and even a tiny dash of black metal) to create a highly engrossing, meditative set of songs. There’s even a dash of black metal here, from the atmosphere to some of the harsh vocals on the track ‘Flykt’. That track and ‘När Alvkungens rike faller samman’ are the highlights for me, but every track on here is phenomenal and truly unique.
Cruciamentum are a UK-based death metal act who’ve been around the UK metal scene for a good while now, forming back in 2008 and sharing band-members with a number of bands over their lifespan, including Grave Miasma, Deströyer 666, Crom Dubh, and Sarpanitum. Despite this, their last release was the ‘Engulfed in Desolation’ EP back in 2011, after they went on a kind of hiatus in 2013 to work on other projects, before rising from the ashes this year to show us how death metal is done.