For this metal writer, melodic death metal was very much a space in time. One of my "formative" genres, melodic death metal opened the door to pretty much everything I listen to nowadays and really speaks to my obsession with proper melody. Though it's been a long time since my melodeath (oof) days, there are a handful of newer bands who give me that perfect sense of teenage nostalgia while still speaking to my modern, more blackened tastes. Switzerland's Stortregn expertly blend melodic death metal's bouncing and, well, melodic self with black metal's intensity and sinister character.

On new single "Nénie," which can be streamed prior to new album Impermanence below, Stortregn plays the "undeniably metal" card, boasting pretty sweet solos, dual guitar harmony, and black metal blasting alike. Though this might not have been on the top of my "to review" pile (I hadn't casually listened to a melodic death metal album outside of "the classics" for some time at this point), I must admit to being impressed and, dare I say, happy enough to end up checking the whole album out. Stortregn is worth your time if you enjoy being filled with joy and also the intense rage which comes with listening to the right combination of riffs.

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Impermanence releases March 12th on The Artisan Era.

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