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NAHTRUNAR – EXISTENZ LP (Altare Productions / Arcane Angels)

Monday, January 30th, 2017

Nahtrunar - ExistenzExistenz’ arrived from Portugal in a timely fashion and I removed it from the mailer, sniffed it and then reached for a knife to make the little hole at the centre slightly larger. It’s all part of the ritual. Gave it a spin or ten, knowing exactly what to expect as I’d checked out the tracks already on Bandcamp. It’s all part of the ritual.

Besides, there was enough quality evident on debut full-length, ‘Symbolismus’, to make it abundantly clear that purchasing the follow-up was a safe bet. Here, Nahtrunar delivers another 43 minutes or so of supreme, obscure, dizzying, calm-to-frenzied Black Metal meditations with oodles of somewhat unnerving melody and a graveyard of black soul.

This one is limited to 250 units and is worth hurting down for sure, despite the woefully dodgy bit of singing near the end.

Evilometer: 666/666

NAHTRUNAR – SYMBOLISMUS 2LP (Altare Productions / Arcane Angels)

Sunday, January 15th, 2017

Nahtrunar - SymbolismusOne of the many things I like about this release is that the fourth side of the records isn’t blank, nor does it contain an etching aimed at cretins with the mentality of twelve-year-olds. Instead, it houses Nahtrunar’s (three-track) 2014  demo, bringing the total running time to an unreasonably generous 76 minutes or thereabouts.

Of course, this wouldn’t mean much if the quality didn’t match the quantity but, in the case of ‘Symbolismus’, it’s accurate to report that we’re dealing with a unique and exceptional release from a wonderful, wonderful act.

Even though the entire album is superb, I particularly love Side B and could very easily listen to the depressive delight that is ‘Gestaltenwandler’ on a loop for the rest of my life if such an existence was viable.

Existenz’ is more than viable, however.

Evilometer: 666/666