Reviewed: April, 2020
Hailing from the desolate wastes of Newfoundland, Canada it is not hard to imagine this type of music coming from the rock .
Artach is a mysterious two-piece Black Metal band who have issued their debut CHRONICLES OF A BLACK WINTER. Artach have spawned some fierce raw and primeval Black Metal. I’m hearing lots of classic Hellhammer/Bathory/Venom and maybe even dipping into second wave stuff like Immortal. It is all very black and grim the way this type of stuff should be.
The production is raw, the vocals are pretty raw, not completely hissed like some bands, and there are even some echoey spoken-word segments mixed among some inhuman shrieks. There is even a classic ‘death-grunt’ here and there! The speed is very uptempo and the album, running 41 minutes never drags.
Perhaps originality is not very high on the agenda here, but I don’t think that was the point. I think this tribute to the old masters was done in the spirit of dark fun. The logo, the album title, the cover art all fall nicely into first wave Black Metal stuff, with no apologies.
There are a lot of these types of bands around but Artach are as good as anything coming out of Europe these days. If you only seek originality, instead of a very well-executed version of a familiar style, then my rating might be a bit high for you. If you are like me and enjoy an old-school trip, then check out Artach!
1. Eternal Black Winter
3. Leviathan… Rise
4. Ice Raven
5. Frozen in Time
6.The Fallen Ones
7. When the Forest Ends
8. Fire & Ice