Watain- Lawless Darkness

By Max Hofacker

Published on Wednesday, November 10, 2010

For those of you who read my disappointed remarks on Dimmu Borgir’s latest album, rest assured – I have found a black metal album that suits me. Not only that, I’ve found a black metal album that I literally can’t get enough of. I’ve had ‘Lawless Darkness’ for about three weeks now, and with each consecutive listen, I’ve uncovered a new dimension that I didn’t know was there before. The album isn’t just a collection of songs – it’s a haunting masterpiece that washes over you and chills you to the core. THIS is what modern black metal should sound like. ‘Lawless Darkness’ has fast parts, and ‘Lawless Darkness’ has slow parts; it has blast-beats, and it has guitar solos. In short, it has everything anyone could ever want in an album. In the spirit of ‘true’ black metal, Watain makes sure to include the genre’s iconic eerie overtones through the combination of the guitar and vocal styles, and the drums keep a fast tempo (with some subtle variations) throughout. The musical arrangements on this album are as fantastic as they are sinister, but, as always, PLEASE don’t just take my word for it. Buy this album – I promise you won’t regret it.


Full Disclosure: Review copy provided by Earsplit PR

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