To discover challenging and enthralling black metal in 2020 is really nothing: there are oodles of high-octane bands in this ever-expanding (and ever-abstracting) space. To write challenging and enthralling black metal in 2020, though, is another story altogether -- it comes down to establishing a distinct sound within the genre's tenets, more or less, and then executing on your ideas with particular aplomb. Welcome to Shaidar Logoth and their upcoming double-LP release Chapter III: The Void God.

Stream the album's penultimate song below for a sweet taste of this sinister fruit.

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These Minnesotans blend two dominant approaches in black metal: "be faster and louder than fuck" and "how about some actual riffs?" The genre is not without riffs, oh no, but Shaidar Logoth take riff-writing to another plateau in relation to the music's various other characteristics -- this does not damn atmospherics, as your mind is torn between shedding tears at beautiful riffage and sitting in goosebumps because of the sheer abstract density of the result. Combined with well-balanced clean/rough production, and tons of moments that feel like gut-punches (like the two-minute mark in the song streaming above), Chapter III: The Void God leaves basically nothing else to be asked for.

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Chapter III: The Void God releases November 6th, 2020 via Sentient Ruin (EU preorders via Cavsas).


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