Chuck Schuldiner Project

Tuesday, April 18, 2023

Nattehimmel - Mourningstar


Now this is an interesting one. Nattehimmel is a Norwegian black metal project uniting a variety of musicians, including former members of ...In The Woods, Green Carnation, The Meads of Asphodel. The end result is a truly impressive offering, in the form of their debut full length, Mourningstar. It's a record that is very much rooted in the world of ...In The Woods classic Omnio and it's hard not to be impressed with the vision that they bring to the table on this wonderfully beak and oftentimes visionary offering of black metal mysticism. It's larger than life and transcendent, exactly what we need to be carried to strange new musical heights. 

Nattehimmel impresses with the breadth of its vision and the level of execution. These tracks have both progressive flourishes ("Slay The Shepherd") and dungeon synth ministrations ("Mountain of the Northern Kings") often running back to back and showcasing to listeners exactly how special these performances are and what exactly the band has been bringing to the table for the past few years with their slow trickle of singles and demos. The end result is a release that pays tribute to the traditional history of the genre and hints at so much more to come. 

Mourningstar is a triumph, a record that leans into so many of the most triumphantly dark visions of a blasted history and reminds listeners exactly why we were all entranced with this genre in the first place. This album is symphonic when it needs to be, blackened when it desires and overall a release that triumphs in taking listeners on a journey. While few of their peers can even claim to emulate their vision, Nattehimmel have managed to craft a fitting extension on the works of ...In The Woods and will keep fans of that band sated.  

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