There has been way way too little atmospheric black metal on my feed this year. Which is weird as last year I got completely overwhelmed with it. However the albums I do get this year have been nothing but superb with Raven throne being no different.
Raven Throne has had an turbulent past. They’ve had quite a few changes in the lineup during the years, even having a drum machine until 2011, however the core duo of Chernotur and War Head have always been there to keep it all together. I Miortvym Snicca Zolak is the bands sixth album which is based on poems from the beginning of the 20th century. I may not understand the lyrics but I do understand the message through the music. It’s dark and deep melancholic atmosphere is grim and fits perfect for this kind of music, doing the poems justice. Throughout the album I hear influences from great acts such as Moonsorrow, Saor, Drudkh and Woods of Ypers.
Raven Throne surprises me with one of the best, if not the best, atmospheric albums I’ve heard all year. It’s captivating from start to finish and I can’t stop listening to it. Raven Throne has got to me the same way Mist of Misery got to me two years ago. Both being atmospheric yet very different music in their cores however they have managed to shackle me the same way. I’ve already listened to it countless times and it’s a beautiful piece of craft these Pollacks have managed to release.
Label: Non Serviam Records
For fans of: Drudkh and Saor
Release date: May 2nd, 2018
Favorite song: Vietru