Released: 2012, Indie Recordings
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
Posthum are from a small town in East Norway and formed in 2004. They released their debut album ‘Posthum’ in 2009, which I have heard and really loved and gained them a lot of fans. It encouraged them to eagerly release ‘Lights Out’ this year. The album was recorded and mixed by Morten Opsahl Thomassen and Posthum, while master was done by Peter in De Betou at Tailor Maid.
The name ‘Posthum’ actually means ‘after exitus’, which refers to compositions and tributes to dead artists, and is a tribute and reminder to all life that has existed before them. The album cover was created by artist Kjersti Mortensen and was based on sleep paralysis.
Firstly I have to say describing themselves as "melancholic, atmospheric and hypnotizing Norwegian Black Metal" is something I would strongly have to disagree on, especially listening to this album compared to their first.
For me, this album is NOT Black Metal nor does it sound anything like Black Metal as the vocals are very ‘core’ sounding, despite the fact the bands first concert ever was supporting Satyricon and Shining, but saying this, I have to admit this did not put me off the album at all.
The music is incredible with fantastic sounds, riffs and melodies, but there was lack of evil, furiousness or any dark demonic forces at work here but the typical screaming Hardcore/Metalcore vocals with some ‘speaking’ which is common these day for modern metal, but the mixture of everything sounds really good and does work.
The lyrics are focused more on the inspiration from nature, dreams and nightmares, and the human nature; fear, inner turmoil, liberation, kindness and vulnerability, with no mention of Satan.
Personally, I am not a fan of anything metalcore/hardcore but the music and band are put together so well it’s hard not to love this album. The music has strong Black Metal influences especially in tracks ‘Down On Blood’ and ‘Summond At Night’ which are the songs that stand out and shows their Black metal influences the strongest, and the album does tend to get darker throughout.
’After Glow’ is also a truly beautiful track, and is the only track without vocals, showing the talents of the other members and although I was disappointed this album didn’t live up to their first release or has the typical black metal vocals to all their tracks, Jon’s voice does still compliment the music well.
I’m sure people out there who have no idea about real ‘Black Metal’ will think this falls into that category due to the music elements, but I can assure you real Black Metal fans out there will know the difference, but I do urge them to give it ago as it’s something different and I’m sure the ‘modern day metaller’ will appreciate this album too!
Review by Jo Blackened