Darkened Nocturn Slaughtercult can be seen as a real institution in Black Metal. Over 20 years of black art and 5 albums in their history is a good bag. Their 6th album “Mardom”, 6 years after the fantastic “Necrovision” is a strong effort and showing the entire range of the band. 80s until 90s influences, slow suffocating and embracing moments, thrashy moshing parts, fast all ripping tunes and everything in between.
The band has great songwriting skills and knows how to change the face of the song to keep it flow naturally and still remain interesting. Even a very eerie ambient track is spread in and rounds the album up perfectly. Every not is placed right, each member has a high standard at the instrument, bringing very interesting and strong riffs on the plate as well as basslines and very versatile and nice executed fill ins from the drum department.
Onielar`s vocal performance is worth the buy alone. She still remains one of the most interesting vocalists in extreme metal to me. Towards the end of the record the entire band shows their best moments… at least to me. Fantastic album which has a great balance, not only in production, but also in the music, having diversity, a big range of speeds and atmospheres that keep the listening experience more than enjoyable and led me to press repeat more and more. Congrats! (DPF)