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DALKHU
DALKHU
Lamentation And Ardent Fire
(Godz Ov War Productions)
42:54min

DALKHU are the exemplars of Slovenian Black Metal. "Lamentations And Ardent Fire", the trio's majestic, nihilistic and euphoric third full-length, doesn't just set the standard for Black Metal in their home country, it's one of the better Black Metal albums this year. This new album finds DALKHU returning to heap more misery and poetic musings on the listener, wrapping their gnarled old school blackened roots around their penchant for bleeding bummed-out melody and grim atmosphere into emotionally intense and addictive songs. At the forefront of the DALKHU experience is J.G.’s exceptional guitar work, bending bleakly addictive melodies, atmospheric textures and harsh, dissonant riffage around the nuanced hammer blows of Kalki’s controlled drumming. Great layers of guitars and bass coalesce in a swarming buzz of disparate yet somehow fitting elements of harmony and discord. Then of course, you have those insidious lead guitar melodies burrowing holes into the brain and lodging themselves in the memory bank. I’ve certainly heard albums with higher peaks and hooks that penetrate deeper throughout the year, but "Lamentation And Ardent Fire" is a complete album boasting a consistent high standard and cohesiveness. Great. www.facebook.com/dalkhuofficial, www.godzovwar.com

Jarne Brauns

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