Daemon Worship Productions
Swedish black metal, tinged with an occult feel and a feral rawness seeps and froths from the speakers as the debut album from Arfsynd spins. Lifvets Usurpator opens the album, with eerie moods and a nocturnal atmosphere permeating its diabolical riffs and midtempo crawl. Perditor sings with a ghostly rasp adding to the supernatural feel of the song. Arfsynd strikes a similar feel to Armagedda's later work and slower Craft. However on the second track, Blodsutgjutelse I Herrans Namn, the pace quickens. Cold Scandinavian melodies surface before cracking upon shores of galloping ugliness. The track resonates with mystical darkness. Surprisingly a hypnotic effect, not unlike Transilvanian Hunger echoes within the walls of speedy riffs on Vid Sindaflodens Mynning. Mesmerizing midtempo riffs churn and slowly descend into a Burzum-ish hiss as the song shifts away from its initial frenzy. A sense of ancient malevolence boils within the riffs of Flagellanternas Procession. Thick double-bass drums rumble beneath the guitars before everything unexpectedly explodes into a tornado of cold Nordic riffs. Sawing guitars with a hint of thrashing violence are unleashed like arctic wolves on Prisa Den Fortappade Flamman. The song drifts into a windy riffing, that flickers like a flame in the night. Arfsynd's debut is a graven tome of hateful and icy black metal. It carries on the flame of underground Swedish blasphemy similar to Craft and Armagedda. Darkness and a demonic presence haunt the malicious notes of this album and the evilness within your soul is born anew as the the final crackling chords of Sjalamassans Andalykt draw to a close.