Nachtmystium - Demise (CD)
Catalog number: CDL460CD
Say what you will about black metal, but when it’s done right, there is an undeniable force behind it, potent enough to make some overlook the corpse-paint and member’s names. Here we have Azentrius on guitars and vocals, and Wargoat Obscurum on drums (or, as they call it, The Battery). That’s it, two men laying it down in an attempt (I’m guessing here) to re-create the bleak, desolate ambience of the vast wilderness of Norway. They achieve this goal with admirable success.
From the moment Demise begins, to the moment it sadly ends, this work drags the listener through the dirtiest of dirt. No matter how jovial a mood I might (miraculously) find myself in, if I pop this disc in the player I’m sure to fall into a more somber, morose state. It’s a hopeless, dismal pill, just right for the popping when you’re tired of being surrounded by people filled with holiday cheer.