Monte Penumbra with their newest album “As Blades in the Firmament” may be eligible for the award for the most stark change in sound and production. Well, at least in the black metal underground!
Their previous album, “Heirloom of Sullen Fall”, was released almost 8 years ago, and at that time everyone was vying to compare this work with Ved Buens Ende – yes, indeed, there was a lot in common with “Written in Waters” (1995). However, the overly sophisticated and forcedly farfetched “Heirloom of Sullen Fall” is just amusement for listeners compared to the wild and aggressive “As Blades in the Firmament“.
Monte Penumbra have become thicker in production and structure, more powerful and heavier in sound and truer in black metal.
1. Black Mould on Rye Grass
2. To Anoint the Dead
3. As Blades in the Firma-ment
4. Foreboding in Tidal Breaths
5. Of a Different Fire
6. Trephining the Severed Head of the Oracle