Released: 2013, Aftermath Music
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
From Norway comes the Black Metal supergroup Djevel, which features members/ex-members of Koldbrann, Orcustus, Enslaved and Kvelertak with their second full length album release entitled Besatt Av Maane Og Natt which translates to Possessed by Moon & Night in English.
The album is a fierce, aggressive and raw testament to Old School Black Metal with the definitive sound of early 90s Black Metal buzzing through the speakers in the same vein as now legendary names such as Emperor, Darkthrone and Bathory (and of course Enslaved).
Production wise the album definitely harks back to the older more harsh production seen in the early years of Black Metal as opposed to any crisp and clear sounding production that you might hear on other modern Black Metal releases. For the music that Djevel has created though, this is the production style which suits it best as this entire album is clearly a nod of respect to the old school ways.
The guitars are high, buzzy and trebly, the drums are low and booming as well as the bass and the vocals are harsh, aggressive and slightly distorted. Just what you want really from a classic old school Black Metal album and every part is mixed at just the right levels.
The songs themselves are not too bad as well, it’s not an album that’s going to completely bowl you over with originality by any standards but the songs still do have a strong Black Metal feel to them and it is an album that keeps your intrigue and interest up from start to finish. Despite the songs all sounding relatively similar if I’m perfectly honest.
Overall I would say if you are a fan of any of the other bands that these guys have played in or you’re a big fan of the Black Metal genre then by all means check out this album, but don’t expect a genre defining or earth shatteringly original album here. What you will get however is an album that pays homage to the Old School ways of Black Metal in a way that isn’t too completely overdone like a lot of other bands out there. It’s an album that I’d definitely recommend for serious fans of the Black Metal genre but for anyone else I would say it’s probably an album that will not do a lot for you.
Review by Joffie Lovett