This time I'm reviewing an album from Alghazanth, Finland's pride of symphonic black metal. I hadn't really familiarized myself with the band before listening to this album, but now it's time to find out about it!
Many people are reminded of Dimmu Borgir and they hear the phrase "symphonic black metal," bow Alghazanth operates in the harsher territories. The cold, sawing guitars synths and the occasionally blasting drums create a successful entirety. Some choral singing can be found on the album as well, and I found them to sound magnificent. The band has succeeded in creating a lot of really good riffs, since none of them sound particularly bad - although none of them sound especially spectacular either. When adding the plentiful amount of variation in the comping to this, it should be clear we can't be talking about an entirely dull album here.
The vocals don't leave any room for complaints either. Musically Alghazanth is very listenable and all ear-rape is avoided since the album's overall sound isn't too heavy. I was reminded of a dark Finnish spruce forest while listening to the album, although I'm not sure if it makes any sense. Anyway. I would've occasionally hoped to hear some additional shredding and rawness in the soundscape, as here and there the sounds are even too clean and nice. It makes the album lose its sensation of danger.
Vinum Intus is a pretty long black metal album, the total lenght being close to an hour, and it begun to bore me when it got close to its end. I think it would've been better if the album had been condensed to a tighter package with a well shorter playtime.
Overall the album is a honed and solid package, but suffers a bit from its overlength. If you enjoy a good soundscape you can begin your black metal hifism with it, but if you're more into dirty racket a'la Beherit this album might sound too kind to you.