DOEDSVANGR – Satan ov Suns
The Finnish-Norwegian black metal trio named Doedsvangr recently released this sinister slab of filthy and occult music via Immortal Frost Productions and the result is a satisfying one. The members of this ugly horde all have their black metal resumes in order, which is to say that they have all been members (and indeed still are members) of some noteworthy and cool bands such as Tsjuder, Nordjevel, and Horna, so it should come as no surprise that the musicianship is stellar and that there is a lot of talent on display here. The vocal performance by Doedsadmiral immediately stands out and the opening track, "Our Lord Cometh!", is very much driven by the fierce and inhuman sounds that emanate from that disgusting mouth of his. The riffs and melodies are quite strong and have a sense of both melancholy and abyss-like darkness to them. There is something strangely bleak and yet organic about the the sound of the whole thing, too. While an atmosphere of violence and chaos do permeate some of the tunes, they all have texture and structure to them. There is nothing sloppy or half-assed about "Satan ov Suns". The tracks are cleverly written and arranged, which entails that there are a few twists and turns scattered throughout the record that you will never see coming.
The eleven satanic hymns that constitute the album are all interesting and gripping, but the standout cuts include the majestic and wonderfully unpredictable "Black Dawn" and the slithering and evil "Diaboli". The intense "Blood Whores" is another highlight. In the overall perspective, "Satan ov Suns" is quality black metal with depth and substance to it all the way through. It reeks of everything that is malevolent and vile, which is all the motivation you need to check this debut album of theirs out now.