South America by 2015. Doomsday Ceremony has now partnered with Grayhaze records for the worldwide release April 22, 2016.
So let’s crack this Black Heart open and see what’s beating inside \m/
Opening with “Vultures Of War” the deep rich rhythm and sinister pulse of the rumbling drums build to an ominous plateau where everything gels together. Catchy hypnotic melodic twin guitar leads with swooping neoclassical solos and old-school heavy-metal riffs merging with raw demonic black metal vocals. The track has interesting time changes and a nice gallop to it throughout. I enjoy the ferocious tempo and intense power that “I Am” commands, with its insane drum and bass patterns, laying a strong backbone for the speed metal rhythm and blazing lead guitar runs. Moloch delivers the perfect balance with his slower black metal vocals oozing through the track with a dominant presence.
“Voice Of The Darkness” bursts open along the vein of Judas Priests painkiller, quickly evolving into a heavy/black metal fire-breathing monster. Catchy traditional metal guitar hooks and rhythms, contrast brilliantly with the sinister gut wrenching vocal lines. Midway through the song there is a decent midtempo pocket that the band lays into, dropping a big dose of heavy and some wailing twin guitar licks, then returning to the songs original form. Many different heavy-metal/black metal elements are present on ”Slaves Of Sin” opening with a crushing assault, transitioning into a smooth metal groove with a cool backbeat swagger, ascending into a sweet guitar battle that weaves through the song. Creating a mesmerizing effect alongside the demonic vocals.
The title track on Black Heart has and epic anthem approach, beckoning a full on onslaught of melodic blackened death metal commanding and in charge. Segueing through the flames, “Valley Of Shadows” blisters your speakers with a solid cornucopia of wicked Doomsday Ceremony blood letting; their very soul and summoning the devil himself, it is a good party.
Wrapping things up the last track on black heart is “Fury” slowly creeping from the bowels of hell and morphing into a monstrous number with a thrashing spirit of Viking wars raging on, to battle again. I thoroughly enjoy Black Heart and appreciate the accessibility that the band is offering, providing their heavy metal elements and wicked death metal black metal essentials that make every song work well and shape new territory.
As always it’s excellent that extreme heavy metal is constantly morphing around the globe into new and exciting endeavors like a never ending kaleidoscope. Black heart is a part of this tapestry. And deserves 9 out of 10
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