Vorkuta – Into the Chasms of Lunacy

vorkuta_090407_intotheCold and churning traditional black metal, twisted by atypical harmonies and bleak breakdowns that inject a bizarre feel into this material. “Into the Chasms of Lunacy” is a well-produced creature, which is rare for underground black metal, but it seems like the true filth of this material is locked within the perverse riff ideas and scorched black vocals of Blizzard. As the album plays, you get the nagging feeling that you should have heard this before, but as the music turns off into left field, or locks in on a creeping synth instrumental, or passionate clean guitar lines, a breath of fresh air is exhaled from the body of this CD. Bands like Hungary’s Vorkuta are demonstrating to the scene that traditional black metal doesn’t have to fall into a lifeless, trend worshiping formula, rather it’s ok to follow your influences as long as you look into your own creative arsenal and arrive at something you can truly call your own. “Into the Chasms of Lunacy” succeeds in this manner and is a smartly paced and adventurous when it needs to be album that should appeal to those of you who enjoy your same-old, spiced up with a bit of imagination. -Marty


~ by martyworm on January 3, 2009.

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