Reviewed: January 2021
Released: 2020, Nordvis
Reviewer: Demitri Levantis
Scotland, New Zealand and Serbia are three very different nations all with very deep and enriched attractions and mystical qualities. It is no surprise that said qualities and mythologies, and the natural beauties of these lands would inspire black metal artists like Bron, the one-man project of Krigeist, originally from NZ and who has spent his life traversing Scottish and Serbian land for inspiration.
Nature and the organic beauties of these lands are definitely what spring to mind of Bron’s fifth studio outing “Pred Dverima Noci.” It is a majestic outing of musical efficiency which combines some very impressive atmosphere, melodies and a fair share of lo-fi rawness to please anyone who collects works by Evilfeast and the like.
I should point out, given the short track listing that this is an album that requires a time commitment, and I mean a big one. Each track is over 10 minutes in length, so this is not a release for the faint-hearted or the easily distracted.
Within those elongated tracks, we find some beautiful atmospherics and even some dark ambient elements that would please anyone who likes collecting dungeon synth releases and combining the electronics of that genre with the stripped-down primitivism of raw black metal.
Overall, this is a release I think is best enjoyed either in the waking hours or in the late evenings as it offers a musical backdrop to the twilight colours and atmosphere offered by a falling or rising sun. With this album on you will definitely relax and enjoy such majestic times of the day.
My only real criticism of this record is that the keyboard-driven ambient parts go on a bit too long which played some havoc with my attention span, but that’s not a huge problem. Bron had in mind people who love both the guitar-driven black metal genres and the electronic adjacent sounds that the scene digs, therefore this is an album made with a wide audience in mind.
A sumptuous release from an experienced group who know what they’re doing. Check this one out for all the right elements of atmospheric, raw and dungeon synth-driven black metal majesty.