I’m wandering on a path that leads to a black pine forest. Behind some clouds of dark a pale lifeless moon does it’s best to give a weak light of shimmering. Eyes of pure evil is observing me when I walk down this road to my aftermath. A road who’d belongs to myths of a long forgotten time.
That is my first feeling when Stilla yet again show us mortals how psalms of nature, darkness and beauty are supposed to sound like. It’s so rotten, so decayed and just so absolutely fantastic. A wisdom of the old past that puts a mark on my soul. Never have deaths breathe felt so invited before, like a trustworthy hand that guides you when it is too dark to see or when you have been lost for a long time.
Stilla (which means still in English) is what you can call a genuine supergroup from Sweden. With members from the north to the south of the country. The members are from such acts (ex- or active ones) like Bergraven, Deranged, Armagedda, Saiva and many more. They where formed in 2011, and even if the band members are occupied with other constellations they’ll have still released four full-length albums, all with an incredibly high standard.
Their latest release is named Synviljor (optical illusions in English) and that is what it is, don’t always trust your eyes. This is perhaps their most darkest and gruesome work of art this far. A simple but such an important thing for me is actually that bands and artist write, compose and perform music in their own language. It gives so much more meaning to everything. To listen at words and phrases of old, together with perfectly composed black metal is not what we get used to so often. Stilla truly are worthy to be named one of the best just due to that.
Since I first heard their debut in 2013, I’ve been so impressed by their spiritual of craftsmanship. So well balanced, even in such extreme music. This could very well be one of the best releases from Sweden in 2018.
An perfect example of Black Metal from Sweden, and that the rest of the world can not afford to miss.
Written by K.P.
Label: Nordvis Produktion
For fans of: Skogen and Grift
Release date: November 30th, 2018
Favorite song: Myr (very hard to choose from)
Score: 4,5/5 Near perfect