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Ungoliantha - Through The Chaos, Through Time, Through The Death Award winner

Ungoliantha
Through The Chaos, Through Time, Through The Death
by Marcos "Big Daddy" Garcia at 04 October 2015, 1:00 PM

A feature that astonishes me every time I have to do a review is when I have to deal with a Ukrainian band. Yes, because Big Daddy here learned that on those lands, the bands seems to cultivate a very strong personality; so strong that they do not respect limits or boundaries, and trespass everything on their way to create something new. And that is the very essence of Metal: to do things on your own, trying to create your own work, and to not be a clone of any other band. And again, my instincts were right: the quartet UNGOLIANTHA is excellent, astonishing a lot with their first album, "Through The Chaos, Through Time, Through The Death".

The band plays melodic form of Black Metal, with very good interventions from keyboards, creating a nightmarish atmosphere throughout the album, even on their more aggressive and harsh moments. But they are very aggressive as well, so one name that we could use as a mere comparison is EMPEROR in their more aggressive approach on "In The Nightside Eclipse" and "Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk". But don't be deceived by mine words, because they aren't EMPEROR, or any other band, but themselves!

Yes, they have their own personality!

Even having that feeling that "the sound quality could be better", it's not bad at all. All the musical instruments can be heard, besides some tunes could be better (especially on guitars), but everything is very understandable, and as heavy and abrasive as they need to be.

Clean vocals alternating with harsh shrieked ones, excellent guitars riffs, the bass is evident and heavy (and appears in brilliant moments as we can hear on "Black Essence of Christ"), powerful drums, very good keyboards interventions… Yes, they know how to use their instruments to put in music what they want.

Besides the entire album is excellent, "Following The Black Kindness" (fast and aggressive, but with great tempos changes, where very good vocals and keyboards are creating something wonderful), the wonderful "Black Essence of Christ" (great bass and drums works, but bass guitars is appearing in a form that is not conventional to Black Metal. This is where boundaries are being torn apart), and the perfect "Black Winds". But their versions for LUCIFUGUM's "Pressed Down by the Fallen Pivot of Life" and TERMINAL CHOICE's "Armageddon" are two jewels personalized in an excellent form. And the guest appearances of Mefist from UNHOLYATH on backing vocals on "Pressed Down by the Fallen Pivot of Life", and Thorgeir Berserk from BALFOR on clean voices.

These guys, with this creative power, really can become one of Black Metal pillars soon!

5 Star Rating

Tracklist:
1. Intro
2. Following The Black Kindness
3. To the Ultimate Gates
4. Black Essence Of Christ
5. Pressed Down By The Fallen Pivot Of Life (Lucifugum cover)
6. Black Winds
7. Reckoning
8. Through The Death
9. Armageddon (Terminal Choice cover)
Lineup:
Lord Sinned - Vocals, Bass
Vitaliy Karavaev - Guitars
Igor Vershinin - Keyboards
Kim - Drums
Record Label: Dead Center Productions
     


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Edited 16 December 2017
 

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