Istarn - Downfall Of The Gods
Reviewer: Azmo Lozmodial - 2012-09-04
Highlights: I couldn't pick a highlight
(Downfall of the gods) is too monumental title for this EP, since the Norwegian Istarn (ICE TOWERS In English) decided to dredge up a summarized, charming studio performance to their loyal, devoted fans. As you would expect from a Scandinavian band, the performance here depends heavily on the guitars, drums and vocals, and its rather an interesting experience, if all too short. I wasn't surprised at just how good the band sounded, Because Norway has the best Black Metal bands around the world, But this is just better than many bands around the world too, but if a few gripes could be made, it would be that the Lead Guitars are too dull compared to the instruments. Now, I adore the vocals, and their devilish assaults, which is pulled to extremes here through the sounds of the guitars, and the tunes of the acoustic Guitar slaked the slight imbalance that has been created by the lake of the Lead Guitars & solos.
The first track, entitled “Fordommelse” Which means "The Condemnation" in English, is a three minutes song of Old school black metal riffs and cheerful drums work. It reminds me a bit of Darkthrone and Carpathian Forest, With an acoustic Guitar break in the middle of the song, which turned the cheerful mood upside down till the death of the track. The track "Fountain of frozen blood" shows more vital acoustic Guitar at the intro, with chugging continues and finally gives way to a fence of grim sound as the devilish raw vocals enter the equation and pounds out the equalization.
"Istarn" Which means "Ice Towers" in English, begins with an interesting atmospheric passage, but succumbs to more explosive blasts, before ultimately fading out into the same passage of the beginning to explode again, the whole chemistry is mixed with the uproarious roaring vocals of Kadaver. The final track "Downfall of the Gods" contains high velocity guitars and variant vocals through the minutes of the song, and another acoustic guitar breaks the song here to create another particular way of creating an atmospheric black metal break.
The Production is brittle, cold, cleft and raw, which is not bad at all as its the first EP of this band, But more Lead guitar lines and solos are needed to be added through the mixture of the components, the variations exist and the interesting parts are alive here, but more focus on the details will drive the songs to be more memorable and unforgettable.
Basically, imagine a circle of guys getting together on your birthday party occasion, and replace them with a group of Black Metal fans, influenced by (Gorgoroth, 1349, Gehenna, Mayhem), Give them some distorted microphones, Guitars, bass and an amp, A drum-kit and see what kind of mischievous mist they would create around the edges of your ears, Thats the sound of "Downfall of the gods". And despite its brief, it's not a bad EP after all.