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Dinenthal - The Wayfarer

The Wayfarer
by "Metal Mark" Garcia at 04 June 2020, 12:50 AM

During the 80’s, two bands had a different insight in Black Metal: VENOM (the creator of the name) and BATHORY (the one who started the canonization of the genre itself). The first one used a putrid and raw insight on their recording on their own will (something extrapolating what MOTORHEAD did on the past); the second for the lack of better technologies at hands (please, everyone already know that Heavenshore Studio was only a garage with some sound isolation). Musically, the second surpassed the first in terms of influence, but that recordings became a ‘trademark’ for some Black Metal bands, even today. And DINENTHAL, an one man band from Newcastle (ironically, the same region that gave birth to VENOM), tries its lucky with “The Wayfarer”.

The music presented on the album is nothing new ate all: a melodic and aggressive form of Black Metal that can be traced back to the first half of the 90’s, when SATYRICON and EMPEROR haunted the nights of Europe. It’s aggressive and melodic, with some good keyboards parts (during “Luna”, some parts can remind the use of keyboards in an expressive way to the one used by Jean-Michel Jarre in the past). The musical expression of the album is good, but Dinenthal could be a bit more audacious, because it still remembers a lot other works heard in the past. The greatest sin of “The Wayfarer” resides on its sound quality. For such form of music, a better sound quality, clean and with defined instrumental tunes could had make things sound in a good way, but the need to be crude surpassed the need of the songs. It’s not hard to understand what is being played, but it’s not the best to the album’s songs.

“Luna” (powerful and aggressive, with good guitar riffs), “Bedahalh” (a song focused on darkened charming melodies and with a slow paced set of tempos, with good keyboards’ arrangements), “A Dead World Under a Dying Star” (there are some Thrash Metal influences on the guitar riffs in some moments, and a technical work on bass guitar can be heard), “Dark Reefs of the Farne Islands” (good technical insight on bass guitar and drums, but with a solid rhythmic work), “Adrift Between Distant Galaxies”, and “The Wayfarer Sails the Sea of Memory” (an introspective and melodic song, using clean chords parts in the beginning) are the better ones to know the album.

In the end of it, the clear idea that “The Wayfarer” gives is that DINENTHAL has potential to make great things. Then, the hope for something really outstanding still lives.

Musicianship: 7
Songwriting: 8
Memorability: 7
Production: 5

3 Star Rating

1. Luna
2. Bedahalh
3. A Dead World Under a Dying Star
4. Wyrm of Bebbanburgh
5. Dark Reefs of the Farne Islands
6. The Haunting of Chillingham Castle
7. Longstone Against the Grinding Sea
8. Adrift Between Distant Galaxies
9. The Eye of Jupiter
10. The Wayfarer Sails the Sea of Memory
11. King Coal and the Witchpricker
Dinenthal - Vocals, All Instruments
Record Label: Dwarrowdelf Records


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Edited 08 July 2020

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