One man Spanish pagan black metal band Briargh (which sounds like a good spelling for a Tom G Warrior deathgrunt), is also the mind behind the excellent Morbid Shrine Productions. ‘Eboros’ is the third record of gloomy black metal in the vein of Burzum and the legendary Drudkh.
Opener ‘El Llanto del Bosque’ weaves melancholic atmosphere through icy riffage and throat shredding vocals. There is a dash of Swedish melodics in here too, particularly a Dissection influence on the glorious ‘Silem Sogo’, with its soaring lead work. A grey pagan gloom covers each melancholic lead, and while the blasting sections are fucking brutal, Briargh at their best when at a more midpaced crawl. There is a dense, icy blackness about everything they do.
‘Sun of the Dead’ has this almost Primordial vibe in places, a kind of regal pagan majesty about it. I think that’s what makes ‘Eboros’ and Briargh such an enjoyable experience. It reminds you of the genre greats, yet has a wonderful sense of originality about it. It’s a little heavier than a lot of black metal, with a stunningly miserable atmosphere (see the murky ‘El Nubero de Samhain’ or the gloriously ethereal pagan ritual of the title track’) and oozing with dark melodies. A hidden gem from Europe’s dark underground.