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Khoraja - Sailing Our Ships To Martyrdom

Sailing Our Ships To Martyrdom
by Craig Rider at 10 November 2019, 9:11 AM

Metal maniacs, rejoice! I am proud to present to you: KHORAJA; unsigned/independent, hailing from Greek grounds - performing Black Metal, on their debut album entitled: "Sailing Our Ships Of Martyrdom" (released August 16th, 2019).

Since formation in 2016; the trio in question have a 2017 EP entitled: "Echoes Of Thunder, Beneath The Waves", and this here 2018 debut album entitled: "Sailing Our Ships Of Martyrdom" - of which I am introduced to. 8 tracks ranging at around 35:41; KHORAJA arrange an intricately designed formula of heavy-hitting Black Metal developments. "Submerged into the Firmament" begins the record; conveying a short yet majestic opening. Until "Nocturnal Uprising" conveys amplified adrenaline; boistrously bouncy gnarliness, flamboyantly concrete haste & hostile extremity. Converging a blasphemous atmosphere, ambient crunchiness & a melancholic ritual of solid tones that demonstrate blackened darkness - fuelled into a blistering barrage of frenzied contrasts of bleak but harsh harmonies, and distinguished euphonics.

Consisting of DM on vocals; the frontman distributes high-pitched snarls, raspy pipes & lungs of meticulous screams that yell with profusely robust rage. "Blood Veil" conjures a distinctive interlude as Thomas Goud on guitars execute a borderline foundation of groovy deadliness; embellishing on experimental grit, complexly dextrous dynamics & rapidly swift nimbleness of quintessential momentum. Implementing an embodiment of keyboardist melodies, with symphonic terror & rawly rough pursuits of thunderously potent vibrancy. "Colours Of The Dawn" showcases primitively punchline virtuosity; opening up with a mellifluous interlude, immersed with versatile speed & uniquely vehement remedies that pulsate with thumping bass audibility from Leonidas...chugging and galloping into a chaotic maelstrom of stomping drum hammering which supplies rambunctiously visceral rhythms that transistions with soothing ramifications.

"Homa" grinds into an combustible blastbeating fabrication; blending almost catchy characteristics, attributing fluidly captivating detail with ruthless pandemonium & quirky snappiness. Striking with precision, while manifesting melancholic substance & organic variety. "Lydia" is a frantic belter; frolicking like a galloping flair of fierce firepower, elementing expertise & finesse that portrays sonically seamless yet riveting stability…until ending into a climatic conclusion that slows down into a grizzly grandure of doom-laden hooks, and conceptually gripping songwriting memorability which crafts an elegantly exquisite yet savagely sinister sound production proficiency. "Apnoea" injects infectiously intense fundamentals of venomous spits; prestigious musicianship, salubrious yet razor-sharp instrumentation & a breakneck calamity - converged with hardened instrumentation cuminated with progressively technical weight.

Overall concluding "Sailing Our Ships To Martyrdom" with the titular track itself; I am compelled to say that KHORAJA certainly outdone themselves here, for a debut – bottom line, the Greek Black Metal maniacs would want to check it out. Full of potential, talent and monstrously meaty mayhem…refreshingly splendid material that most definitely deserves credit…worth the discovery.

Songwriting: 8
Memorability: 7
Originality: 8
Sound Production: 7

4 Star Rating

1. Submerged into the Firmament
2. Nocturnal Uprising
3. Blood Veil
4. Colours of the Dawn
5. Homa
6. Lydia
7. Apnoea
8. Sailing Our Ships to Martyrdom
Leonidas - Bass/Drum Programming/Keyboards/Guitars (Lead) (Tracks 3/4)
Thomas Goud - Guitars, Lyrics
DM - Vocals
Record Label: Independent


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