This is some excellent, dark and rumbling black metal from Galway’s Neamh-mharbh.
Unafraid to linger in the slower tempos, cloaked in atmosphere yet clear as a bell, they really, really know what they’re doing.
There’s a sort of ‘Belus’ feel to the jagged riffing of both ‘The Terror of the Revenant’ and (moreso) the frostier ‘Excursion of Cathrain’, which is impressive.
But mostly its just about the fluidity with which their riffs twist between icy cool and a more brutal, detuned and detailed crunch.
Their use of subtly placed ambiences to underlay the music is impressive as well. A misty, evocative celtic themed track, ‘A Grave Of Thorns’ – pipes, almost-there bodhran, soft whistle – serves almost as an ominous heartbeat. Full of feel.
All that before the charcoal roar, Xasthur guitar and rumbling drums of ‘Remission’ – though it’s probably the weakest of these tracks.
It is extremely dank, atmospheric and straddles a highly commendable line between raw and finessed.
Well done: another excellent BM development in Ireland.
– Earl Grey ::: 04/09/18