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Dimholt - Liberation Funeral

Liberation Funeral
by Fiona Murphy at 23 June 2014, 2:08 PM

Die-hard Tolkien fans would probably appreciate that Bulgaria’s DIMHOLT, or ‘Dark Wood’ in English, borrowed its name from a forest in Lord of the Ring’s Middle Earth that leads to the Paths of the Dead. A fitting name for a Black Metal band, and this one, rather brilliantly describes their style of music on their Facebook page, as Psychedelic Black Metal. At first I was a little dubious about this tag, which in some ways sounds like a contradiction, as Black Metal is usually so cold and precise, while Psychedelia is, as we all know, very free and fluid.

Of course DIMHOLT do keep to many black metal conventions with blast-beats, break-neck riffing speeds and ferocious vocals. However they are unique in that they are willing to push the boundaries of the genre by incorporating elements of experimentation, Prog and Post-Rock in their song structures, without losing any relentless heaviness.

Second track “The Never Healing” exemplifies this dynamic - where the band use quieter moments and sparse guitar parts without losing any sense of menace.

Meanwhile, “Chaos Reborn” is notable for a breakdown and ritualistic chanting, building to an ending full of the chaos the song title promises. The record also painted great soundscapes. As I listened to it in my darkening living room, noise-cancelling headphones on, I shut my eyes and imagined I was walking through a treacherous wood as dusk approached.

One thing that lets the band down, however, is in some ways the album somewhat lags around the middle (songs such as In “Tombs” and “Black Horizon”) in terms of energy, ideas and tempo.

However this gets redeemed on “Armageddon”, a stirring march of a song with earth-shattering riffs. Overall this is a solid album with lots of great moments, and a real boost for a country not usually identified as exporters of Black Metal compared to its Scandinavian counterparts.

The band supported Cradle of Filth last year in the Bulgarian capital of Sofia, so they could start venturing out of their neck of the woods soon.

3 Star Rating

1. The Blindead
2. The Neverhealing Wound
3. Chaos Reborn
4. The Shades of Night
5. Black Horizon
6. In Tombs
7. Armageddon
8. Ruins
9. … at the End …
10. Theodicye Clockwork 
Woundheir - Vocals
Asen - Guitars
Rumen - Guitars
Yavor - Bass
Stanimir - Drums
Record Label: Independent


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