Tenebra Re-Issues Through Crying Souls I See What I Was On Cult of Parthenope

Italian late-1980s style proto-black metal (Morbid, Venom, Tormentor, Goatlord) at its core, Tenebra speeds up the process somewhat and incorporates 1990s black metal of the Teutonic and Nordic varieties, eschewing the traditional melodic approach of Southern European bands for an advancing front of sawing riffs, using these to produce the backdrop for the slow emergence of atmospheric melody which stays minor-key without getting maudlin.

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Castigu – Castigà (2020)

History will not remember war metal well, since it took aspects of black metal and intensified them but in doing so, missed the point of the atmosphere and sense of a world changing in parallax, where it drifts backward as time thrusts us forward, that black metal captured.

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Hosts of Lord – Prophetic Visions of Harrowing Despair

Hosts of Lord are an interesting curiosity, a Christian Black metal band hailing from the USA but rather than taking standard Noregian second wave and adding Christian lyrics, sole member Μαθθίας takes influence from the short lived and for the most part left alone French scene. While current the French Black metal scene has discarded its greats in favour of more commercial strands or Deathspell Omega like dissonance, Hosts of Lord attempt to channel the self-destructive and truly misanthropic tendencies of their influences into eschatological predictions of the future.

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