Music of The Great Beyond evokes the spirit and ethos of early nineties black metal, Its aggression, melody, and passion for its subjects.
Omhosten (Autumn) takes its namesake and delves deep into the melancholy of Black Metal, it is diverse reflecting the gloom of the season and its impending darkness bound by the traditional elements of fast riffing and tortured vocals. The style is old school with the hyper blast beats offsetting some memorable melodic moments.
‘’Blood red Mud’’ and “Beneath the Frozen Ground” capture the infernal chaos of this solo project, Stan Skrebniev is the creator, yet he is helped out by several other musicians to bring depth and some power to the mid-tempo parts before delving back into the furious sections, (some of the blasts are incredibly fast) driven by the themes of chaos, destruction and the end of everything.
Driven by the legendary acts of the Norwegian scene yet with the melody of the Swedish. “Will I Be Damned by All Gods” and “Cold Rain Will Come” are more moments of Northern anguish and anger yet contain atmosphere and feeling to the traditional coldness that is second-wave black metal.
‘’Music of the Great Beyond’’ is a nightmarish journey through the landscapes of the dark seasons and the contempt for man, the despair and encroaching shadows feel tangible and earthly creating a depressive mood throughout the record though to its somber and surprising outro. For fans and purists of black metal and in all its true forms.
Release Year: 2022
Label: Kvlt und Kaos Productions
Reviewed by Sparky