Irillion – Fatanyu (Self-released, 2019)

Ostensibly positioning themselves somewhere between the exalted primitivism of Demoncy and the “flowing” school of Eastern European black metal, Irillion emerged as one of the more promising black metal-acts of recent years with 2016’s Egledhron. Not so much for their choice of style, but for displaying courage to move beyond established forms in intuitive pursuit of the most effective and far-reaching mode of expression. This recently released second EP entitled Fatanyu retains the sonic signature and raw, essentialist approach evident on the debut, but trumps the debut in terms of composition and stylistic refinement.

Graced with a suitably decrepit yet powerful production, Fatanyu features three songs that all seem to focus a shared complex of moods, but approached from different angles. The title-track opens with a somber acoustic passage, which eventually give way to a martial stomp flanked by long, semi-melodic phrases which in liason with the gruff, death metal-styled vocals display a keen sense of texture and internal rhythm; segueing naturally into each other despite their contrasting ambience. “Belzoond” follows, slapping the listener in the face with a rocking, bluesy opening section before launching an introspective middle section. Concluding the EP is “Meneltarma”, which brings a synthesis of previously explored territories.

The meditative drones of Egledhron have thus given way to busier compositions with a greater number of contrasting sections – both musically and in the emotions evoked. Such a move could easily have resulted in a disjointed work, but even at its most amorphous Irillion manage to retain its inner voice. As a result, Fatanyu comes across as a more dynamic and immediately engaging release, yet without sacrificing artistic coherence. It will be very interesting to see how the band choses to tackle the full-length format.

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6 thoughts on “Irillion – Fatanyu (Self-released, 2019)”

  1. reader says:

    I don’t get why I see DMU putting a spotlight on mediocre, run of the mill bands, time and time again. I need some clarification on this one.
    Irillion is one of the more promising acts of recent years but not because of their style.
    “but for displaying courage to move beyond established forms in intuitive pursuit of the most effective and far-reaching mode of expression.”
    What is “the most effective and far-reaching mode of expression”? Does that mean metal? Black metal? Or literally; they are trying to achieve, a subjectively, effective and far-reaching mode of expression? In this case how would anyone who is not in the band know when that the band as achieved the most effective mode of expression?
    How does the author know that the band is intuitively pursuing this?
    What established forms are you talking about in this context considering the Irillion sounds just like so many other bands?
    Since when did courage to attempt something become more noteworthy than the result (considering the result is mediocre, more of the same sounding music)?
    DMU is really making me skeptical over recent years and this article’s wordage really just looks like the author trying to promote personal taste in music while making the reader think it’s objective analysis through convoluted statements.

  2. Cyril says:

    You’ve missed the new Skarnage blakened goregrind blacker than death

    1. bloodypulp says:

      sewer sucks

    2. uno says:

      just check the release dates:

      9$ per album.

  3. ignominious says:

    It didn’t engage me.

  4. Harder Than Your Husband says:

    Shit sucks. Y’all should just give up and listen to Pantera.

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