Canadian black metal is on the up and up these days. While groups such as Gevurah and Thantifaxath lean slightly toward the more experimental side of the genre, Alberta’s IDOLARTY offer up something more in line with tradition.
“Visions From The Throne of Eyes” is Idolatry’s third release in as many years, beginning with a self-titled EP, a split with Unrest the following year and now this, their début offering.
Comprised of 9 tracks and clocking in around the 44 minute mark “Visions From The Throne of Eyes” opens with the simple yet beautifully ominous “Visions from the Throne of Eyes (Pt. I)”
After being lulled into an almost false sense of security “Thunder From The Depths” explodes into action and forces the listener to sit up and take notice with blastbeats, high octane tremolo picking and top notch Black Metal screams. This is where the record truly takes off, taking hold and tightening its grip. Overall “Visions From The Throne of Eyes”
has variety and some rather interesting vocal experimentation (Satanas Haxan) yet still manages to retain all the key features of what made second wave Black Metal such an explosive force.
Here, at least, IDOLATRY do not attempt to reinvent the Black Metal wheel by any stretch of the imagination. But when that wheel has been churning out such enjoyable listens as this,
Stand out tracks;
“Thunder From The Depths”
“Imperator Nero Murmurationis Hortum”
———–By: Shane Bermingham———-
Lörd Matzigkeitus – Vocals
Lycaon Vollmond – Guitars
Nox Invictus – Guitars
Fulgur Exorcista – Bass
Daemonikus Abominor – Drums