Villainy – Villainy II: Dim (Premiere)
You'd be forgiven for thinking The Netherlands' Villainy play stoner metal after taking a look at their logo. Rather, they're a black metal band whose toured with Shining, Inquisition and Entrails. Still, those thick Roger Dean letters give something away: There's a whole lot of melody and rock and roll song craft in Villainy's approach.
The band's sophomore LP, Villainy II: Dim entertains the same guitar hook vs. black metal rasp tug-of-war that Tribulation and Kvelertak do. Soaring melodies and interesting guitar figures populate the one-two opening of "A Familiar Wind" and "Nebulous Chasm." Elsewhere, things get harsher and darker, but Villainy never strays too far from a solid lick.
At this point the rocktimist insurrection of black metal is more than a fringe movement, it's a major part of where the style is today and maybe where it will be for the foreseeable future. Villainy are getting into that insurrection on the ground floor.