• 1349 - Demonoir 2xLP
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Well if you know 1349 then you probably know what to expect from them: lightning fast, technical riffs, insane blast beats, and ear-piercing vocals that will probably make your head want to explode. The longstanding classic (and technical) Norwegian black metal crew 1349 got a lot of shit for switching things up on 2009’s Revelations Of The Black Flame. I didn’t get the hubbub — the collection was a smart, weird, totally enjoyable curveball thrown by masters of the genre. Why not stretch your legs now and then?
Folks seemed thrown off by the creaking, windswept piano, post-rock dark ambient stretches and overall slower feel, but it also rocked in a murky, fucked up way. That said, the band’s returned to a rawer, more manic Hellfire form on forthcoming fifth album Demonoir. It was recorded at Studio Nyhagen and co-produced by Tom G. Warrior, who helped mix the last one. The 13-track collection includes a few instrumental/incidental patches, but they’re shorter, Set-themed, and incorporated more seamlessly into the terror. If you thought they slowed things down on Revelations, here those experimental bits clearly ramp up the dynamics. Plus, the riffs are amazing. And Frost goes off. Stream the collection below and make up your own mind. It starts quietly with the brief “Tunnel Of Set XI” and then (sorry) all hell breaks loose.