The good Capt. Graves is back in business, fresh off the wild festivities resulting from the Advent Varic signing release announcement. He seems to be mightily impressed with this one, which is...uncharacteristic. But we'll take it. - Ed.
Written by: Capt. Graves
Some things are worth the wait. Izthmi's new record (The Arrows Of Our Ways) is definitely one of those things.
I normally hate soundscapes, but this band really does them right. The long intro has me torn because I hate them. With this one, however, I'm reminded of catastrophe, and gloom. Then the black metal, high treble guitars come in, and I'm taken for that spin into darkness and despair. The bass guitar stands out in the mix, and I'm down for this ride into the bleak. Acoustic guitars with harsh black metal belching from the guts of a madman, indeed. This vocalist is a monster, a savage, and we all know how well that sits with me.
The interlude definitely threw me off, I was not expecting it. Maybe the aim is to have this pressed to vinyl, and would make more sense? I'm not sure and would definitely like to find out. Izthmi is firing on all cylinders, ready to destroy anything in their path. The "post rock" elements of this band add some explosive energy to the sound. I don't really have anything bad to say about this album, so: Kudos!
Whenever I see a black metal tag on any band I'm 99% sure I'm going to hate it. Then again, that's probably any band, I'm deeply seeded in hatred for mankind. If you want to grab my attention as a songwriter, this is the fucking way you do it. This crew of miscreants brought their "A" game, and said "fuck you" to the black metal scene. Pure fucking tension and aggression, the things that make me tick.
Izthmi -The Arrows of Our Ways drops on Feb 14th, 2020 from Within The Mind Records.
You can preorder it on bandcamp right now for $7. (And, I can attest, it is worth every penny. - Ed.)
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