Once a laughing stock, North American black metal is arguably the most respected version of the genre today. Musicians like Leviathan and Xasthur have expanded the black metal vocabulary with introspective explorations into the darker side of the mind and helped the genre gain some respect along the way. Adding to this legacy is Seattle’s Numinas. Although he has been kicking around the underground since 1995, his first full-length under the Krohm name didn’t surface until 2004 (A WORLD THROUGH DEAD EYES).
Picking up where his predecessors left off, Numinas has leapt feet-first into the abyss, and returned to tell the tale with his disturbing music. Although there is an obvious Burzum influence, Numinas has pushed farther into the disharmonic realm of his countrymen, building each song (each longer than 7 minutes) into a doomy soundscape. Every song builds and builds, mostly moving at mid-paced speeds to allow the full droning effect wash over the listener and ensconce them in Krohm’s twisted realm. Make no mistake though – this is not easy listening. Numinas is adept enough to seamlessly weave in the expected black metal blast beats and fast tremolo picking to keep things interesting.
It’s a cliché, but from the opening of “Bleak Shores” to the final mystic tones of “Syndrome”, THE HAUNTING PRESENCE is a winner. Krohm has crafted a sombre black journey that you will want to take again and again.
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