Hailing from Southampton in South England, a new player enters the scene of epic black metal.
DWARROWDELF, the one man project of Tom O’Dell, just released the debut record The Sons of Fëanor, and fans of Tolkien-themed dungeon synth have all the reason to be excited.
First track “Amrod” starts off with slow drums building up, with layers of orchestration and synths appearing as we go, and the Summoning-homage is immediately there. Soothing keys nicely accompany melodic and aggressive guitar riffs, topped off with a nice blend of harsh and clean vocals.
The rest of the album carries on in a similar fashion – towards to end we are treated to some faster numbers, and “Amras” and “Maedros” are a nice contrast to the more folky, atmospheric tracks that commence the album.
The album has a very rough edge and unpolished sound at times, although in a genre like this it could be argued to elevate the material. While certainly not carrying the same potato-raw recording quality of early black metal, there is a very DIY-feel about the album, without it being a bad thing.
Fans of bands like Summoning, Caladan Brood, Cân Bardd and Sojourner will surely be pleased.
Tom O’Dell – Everything