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Our protagonists, Odour of Death, appear to have their boots firmly planted in the genre’s traditional stylings, taking cues from the likes of Mayhem, Gorgoroth, and Mutiilation. The music can be interpreted as black metal in its purest sense devoid of any outside influences. They appear to have a knack for atmospheric melody lines, creating an effect of stark beauty that’s harsh as it is epic. The music manages to be both raw and intelligible, with an unapologetic tone as cold as the cries of the dead. The songs mostly range from slow to mid-tempo saturated in blood-curdling shrieks and scattered drum patterns.

There’s nothing particularly innovative at work, yet somehow they still manage to not sound like a million other bands — two maniacs showcasing their passion for all things black metal and doing a good job at it. There are seven tracks clocking at a duration of forty-two minutes — that’s forty-two minutes of traditional, iron-clad black metal for you. The songs all exceed the four-minute mark, with the longest track at nine minutes. There’s even a killer cover of Mayhem‘s ‘De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas’. If it’s eternal darkness you seek, then you have come to the right place.

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