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Dalkhu - Lamentation and Ardent Fire

Slovenian black metallers Dalkhu have impressed me in the past with previous album ‘Descend…into Nothingness’ which I reviewed here. Therefore, their new record on Godz ov War Productions, Lamentation and Ardent Fire’, really has big shoes to fill. Let’s see if they can equal or even improve.

Opener ‘Profanity Galore’ builds slowly, with tribal drumming coupling with cold melodies and then a jagged thrust of molten black metal spews forth. Dalkhu balance the fine line of fiery, fearsome black metal with dashes of ice cold melody, like snowfall on lava. ‘I Am’ gallops like prime Marduk; an endless torrent of thrashing riffs that flow from the depths of hell. Dalkhu’s attack is nothing short of relentless, and even when the pace slows slightly, there is an air of menace lurking there in the darkness of ‘A Race Without Hope’, ready to bite the seeking hand.

While devastating us with blackened death rage in the likes of ‘Gaps of Existence’, or claiming our souls in the more menacing moments, Dalkhu build on the great work they started with ‘Descend…into Nothingness’ and create something even darker and heavier. ‘Lamentation and Ardent Fire’ will probably be an underrated record this year, but it is a stunning piece of music and deserves your attention.

Dalkhu - Descend... into Nothingness

Sometimes a record needs time to weigh upon you, repeated listens to get into and to enjoy. Others are like the new Dalkhu album; immediately, devastatingly great. These Slovenian blackened death metallers create a beautiful, crushing maelstorm of metal that hits like a neutron bomb and drains you instantly of any defence against its mighty riffs and unearthly growl.

‘Pitch Black Cave’ is that initial hit, that gargantuan riff plowing voids of despair while it sounds like the vocals were dredged from one of Hell’s most vile pits. The drumming thrashes back and forth, while a tremolo riff buzzes incessantly. ‘Descend into Nothingness’ is achingly heavy and leaves you breathless. ‘The Fireborn’ is a more jagged, stuttering Behemoth, with a bowel rattling bass and double kick combo. ‘In the Woods’ showcases the band’s ability to seamlessly move into beautifully melodic territory, taking influence from the more atmospheric black metal bands, while still engaging in dense, dark evil.

Dalkhu grasp the concept of brutality and melody together perfectly. ‘Descend Into Nothingness’ is one of the most violent pieces I’ve heard this year, but its instantly memorable and the musicianship is top notch. The riff patterns that spiral throughout ‘Soulkeepers’ are inspired. Closing with the crushing behemoth ‘E.N.N.F.’ , Dalkhu have crafted one of 2015’s finest slabs of metal. Fuck yes!