The Pitch: Minimalistic, highly abrasive black metal from Poland FFO Taake, Mayhem, Satyricon.
What I Like: The straight-forward, rock-oriented approach captures the viciousness and rebellion of the early 2nd wave perfectly. The growls are grating to the senses while the occasional semi-operatic cleans a la Gorgoroth's Pest provide some variation. Great riffs and unrelenting aggression. Runtime doesn't overstay its welcome; seems someone in this genre recognizes that less is more.
What I Don't Like: "A Dying Star" is kind of a weak opener. I would suggest jumping right into the second track's "Ungh!" mentality. Otherwise this is a solid, albeit familiar, outing.
The Verdict: The perfect, bite-sized package of grim brutality and unbridled disobedience.
Flight's Fav's: Infinity, The Tongue of Fire, Only Bones Stay Here