Thrawsunblat oh Thrawsunblat. How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. Yet I always felt like Thrawsunblat weren't quite achieving as they should. I always wondered what Thrawsunblat could be as they grew up, simply because there was so much potential there. Well now I've heard Metachtonia and suddenly we can't help but accept the fact that Thrawsunblat have emerged from the ashes of Woods Of Ypres into perhaps the best black metal band in the world right now. Blazing and vicious, Metachtonia sees an expansion on the traditional Thrawsunblat sound and hints at great things to come.
Metachtonia gets me every time simply because it sounds so massive. Yes there are folk elements and yes there are touches of the frostbitten north, but the band is willing to bring in so much more than that. Incorporate the fact that the compositions found throughout Metachtonia are just so goddamn good and you have to realize that Thrawsunblat is a black metal band for the ages. They have taken on the original promise of the genre and expanded it into something far greater, something that will fight across the ages to capture imaginations and reminds us why the violent power of black metal captured our attention in the first place.
An album that s truly epic in scale, it's perhaps the use of synths, violins and clean vocals that really win me over. Thrawsunblat have finally found a way to both properly pay tribute to David Gold and Woods Of Ypres whilst simultaneously creating what is very much their own thing. Metachtonia is perhaps the black metal record of the year. Quite frankly, no one is batting on Thrawsunblats level, be it in terms of musical background, pedigree or sheer talent. It's a miracle this band hasn't taken over the world, but I think it might just be a matter of time.
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