Oct. 4, 2018


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The Pitch: Icelandic black metal from Carpe Noctem filled with terror and suspense via code666. FFO: Deathspell Omega, Blut Aus Nord, Mgla

What I Like: Vitrun is a cavernous album indeed; like the artwork, winding ever forwards into a hellish crevasse. Much time is spent building tension with slow, doomy movements. As a result, the runtime is positively dripping with dread. But my favorite parts are where this coiled serpent suddenly leaps forth to land repeated fanged strikes, as with the surprise hidden within "Og hofið fylltist af reyk." These sneak attacks make the aforementioned need for patience worthwhile.

Critiques: With tracks averaging between 7 and 10 minutes, I could go for less repetition. Like I said, Carpe Noctem have some speedier tricks up their sleeves. It would have been nice to hear just a little more of this. 

The Verdict: While I'd prefer to kick things up a notch more often, fans of atmospheric, deliberately-paced black metal should rejoice with the release of Vitrun. Take the journey down the rabbit hole if you think you can handle it.

Flight's Fav's: Söngurinn sem ómar á milli stjarnanna, Og hofið fylltist af reyk, Sá sem slítur vængi flugunnar hefur náð hugljómun

- Review by FlightOfIcarus

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