Dumal worships at the altar of the riff. With songs composed of many moving, blistering parts, this Pennsylvania black metal band's ear for the classics is pain-stakingly tuned and their worship of the old days of glory is palpable. On their new album, The Confessor, the Slavic melodies found on their previous album, The Lesser God, can still be found but to a lesser extent. If anything, this album's larger French-sounding character (read as: triumphant, melodic, fast) takes the reins throughout The Confessor's mighty presence. This is good, traditional black metal, which is a nice change of pace for the more atmospheric and experimental black metal fare which graces Invisible Oranges. This is a record worth buying for anyone who prefers the more established, riffy end of black metal.

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The Confessor is out today on Vigor Deconstruct and Fólkvangr Records.


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