Released: 2014, Season Of Mist
Reviewer: Addison Herron-Wheeler
1349, one of the most revered bands out of Norway, have been playing together since 1997. Their inspirations are grim and true black metal like Mayhem and Celtic Frost, but with their own distinctive and Norwegian sound. Their newest album, MASSIVE CAULDRON OF CHAOS, brings an unrelenting black metal assault that delivers on a primal level.
Each song on the album is an aurally explosive, yet they never stray so far into the abyss as to not be catchy and extremely listenable. The song “Godslayer” especially is a real head nodder, to the point that the riffs and refrains will stick with you. The album art is also gorgeous; the intricate sketches on the front and back cover really accentuate the music, and the deluxe album comes with an awesome embroidered patch.
If you’re a fan of 1349, or if you haven’t heard the band yet but you’re a lover of black metal, I would highly recommend checking this album out. The sound and imagery are remarkable, and the overall delivery leaves nothing to be desired.