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Blaze Of Perdition - Conscious Darkness (2017) - Review

Band: Blaze Of Perdition
Album title: Conscious Darkness
Release date: 3 November 2017
Label: Agonia Records

Tracklist:
01. A Glimpse of God
02. Ashes Remain
03. Weight Of The Shadow
04. Detachment Brings Serenity

Blaze Of Perdition is one of those bands that needs no presentations. Simply said, they are supreme masters of the Polish extreme metal, this is a band whose prominence is worldwide. Now they are offering to us another masterpiece of the genre, Conscious Darkness. This album is a brilliant extention of Near Death Revelations album which was released in 2015. Incidentally or not, these works of excellence complement each other, and were painfully expressed through the tracks of these albums and had origins of full darkness and despair.

Why so you might wonder? In 2013, members of the band were involved in a serious accident and bassist Ikaroz eventually passed away. All these psychologically obscure feelings are triggers of individual liberation and growth and, however painful their causes are, when they are expressed through art, consequently they generate such outstanding works. Blaze Of Perdition's music has a traditional black metal base interwoven with melody, dreamy atmosphere, pure darkness, featuring all the feeling’s spectrum. Their music emanates passion, suffocating darkness and death. A band ahead of time, avant-garde for itself.

The fourth full-length, Conscious Darkness, unleashes an oppressive and ravaging landscape. A sophisticated, forward-thinking black metal album, combining atmosphere, melody, harsh aggression, and avant-garde sophistication into 45 minutes of supreme blackened masterpiece. The band's style is wonderfully showcased throughout the four lengthy tracks, ranging from eight to fifteen minutes in length. The dense, ethereal yet ridden darkness, surrounded by a suffocating void opens "A Glimpse Of God". A great dynamic drumming and a brilliantly structured atmospheric riffs with a punishing vocal and a piercing guitar. The track wanders seamlessly from ethereal post black atmosphere to grinding blast beat ridden darkness, it's a very deep start.

"Ashes Remain" provides you furious drumming, tortured and violent vocals, guitar seeming a chainsaw with a crushing dissonance, everything packed in a dark, oppressive, melancholic and desperate veil. "Weight Of The Shadow", has an overwhelming rhythm, coming back and forth, from ethereal wonders to the depths of despair. Closing with mastery, "Detachment Brings Serenity", a dazzling composition with a guitar perfectly crafted in all senses, a drummer who was in a state of trance and brought me back from the sonic journey of Blaze Of Perdition.

Conscious Darkness is an immersive album, a very trippy fine art with a layered black metal that is wandering between harsh darkness to melancholic to a dense atmospheric fog. Highly recommended.

Review written by: Felin Frost
Rating: 10/10

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