Black metal's relationship with technical proficiency is not a very deep one. Sure, there are bands whose guitarists certainly know what they're doing as their fingers dance across the fretboard, but for the most part black metal's tenets don't really leave room for showing off just how good one might be at their instrument of choice (other than drums. Blast away!).

That isn't to say there isn't any room for this idea of "being good at one's instrument," though, and Georgia progressive black metal duo Tómarúm certainly have a strong grasp of musicianship atop black metal's songwriting and riff-based core. Featuring multiple guitar solos (even a huge fretless bass solo!) and dazzling, technical riffs as well as more traditional black metal blasting affairs, "In This Empty Space" from upcoming Tómarúm album Ash in Realms of Stone Icons shows that black metal can be a musician's genre.

Listen to an exclusive pre-release stream of "In this Empty Space" below.

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From the artist:

"In This Empty Space" is nine minutes of dark, ripping, technical black metal sorcery and was written during a particularly rough time in my life. Thematically it deals with recurring thoughts of self-harm I was having at the time, as well as the desire to end my suffering and the resulting euphoria from doing so; the structure of the song reflects these feelings, starting off dark and brooding and ending triumphantly. It was the second song composed for the record and underwent several re-writes and years of obsession over small details before we arrived at the final version we are premiering today, which we are incredibly proud of. Let the last of your blood and follow us on this journey...

-Kyle Walburn

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Ash in Realms of Stone Icons releases May 6th on Prosthetic Records.

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