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Flesh Cathedral
January 2015
Released: 2012, Terratuar
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: Addison Herron-Wheeler

For those who like their black metal grim, evil, and laced with psychedelics, Svardidaudi from Iceland are both a breath of fresh air and a bit of a puzzle when it comes to the mysterious and esoteric nature of their lyrics. This band is both crushingly brutal and experimental in the vein of Deathspell Omega, although an outright “for fans of” comparison does not do either group justice, as they both have such distinct and interesting sounds and concepts. This can definitely be classified as an avant-garde and somewhat noisy and psychedelic group, but don’t let those terms fool you into thinking that this band would fit in at a shoegaze show - they are very dark and brutal, and this music isn’t for the faint of heart.

FLESH CATHEDRAL is the first full-length album to date by the group. The album is presented in all black and gold with very well-done yet minimal imagery, and the lyrics are in English, and speak about the nature of reality and death, and the darkness that engulfs the world. The music is a pummeling assault of brutality that can at times be melodic or slow and brooding. There are only four songs on this album, yet it is still a full-length due to each of them clocking in at over ten minutes.

This album is a must-have for anyone who likes dark and somewhat experimental black metal. If you’re expecting something ripping and straightforward in the vein of Dark Throne, you probably won’t dig this, and the same goes who like the lighter experimental stuff like Deaf Heaven. However, if you are interested in hearing something both grim and uplifting, psychedelic and brutal, than this is definitely worth checking out.
Track Listing

1. Sterile Seeds
2. The Perpetual Nothing
3. Flesh Cathedral
4. Psychoactive Sacraments


Magnús Drums
Þórir Guitars
Nökkvi Guitars
Sturla Viðar Vocals, Bass

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