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Midnatsb​ø​n Ved Dj​æ​velens Port

Denmark Country of Origin: Denmark

Midnatsb​ø​n Ved Dj​æ​velens Port
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Type: Full-Length
Release Date: December 8th, 2023
Label: Signal Rex
Genre: Black
1. The Stench Of Flesh Decomposing
2. Screams Choked To Silence
3. Dreams Of The Macabre
4. Horror Gore & Unreligion
5. Outback
6. Shrieks Of The Undead
7. Cumfucked Face Of Death
8. Four Ways To Heaven One Way To Hell
9. I Am Master Here
10. Alive When Fucking The Dead (Bonus Track)
11. Necrophilic Orgy In Entrails & Cum (Bonus Track)
1. Mareredet Hyrdetime
2. Bestænkt Af Syndens Vievand
3. Med Korstegn Og Grådkvalt Fadervor
4. Asken Fra Hendes Brænden
5. Fortabt Moribund


Review by TheOneNeverSeen on December 3, 2023.

Geistaz'ika's sophomore effort definitely meets the standards set by Trolddomssejd I Skovens Dybe Kedel, for it is a consistent, highly engrossing black metal piece that definitely stands out from lots of well-produced but not memorable or inspiring artists of the genre's modern scene that I frequently stumble upon. It takes the listener on a cold 50-minute journey perfect as a soundtrack for the advent of winter.

Like its predecessor, the album starts with a short track which I LOVE. The clean guitar and piano create a truly sinister atmosphere, while the clean singing combined with dissonant whispers adds to the overall mysterious feeling of the song. The intro of Trolddomssejd I Skovens Dybe Kedel wasn't bad by any means, but it wasn't nearly as remarkable (despite using similar ideas). So, the new album shows a clear improvement in this sense. Then, the album throws an excellent atmospheric black metal riff of 'Bestænkt af syndens vievand' at you. It is as epic as the first metal riff of Geistaz'ika's debut (that of 'Når solen bløder rød'), but the aforementioned clean singing, guitar, bass and... owl noises? at 3:33 aid to diversify the song structure, ensuring the melody is not overly redundant. The cleaner and rawer segments are professionally cojoined, constantly seizing and then suddenly releasing the listener from the enshrouding flow of tranquillity, allowing them to fall in the song's relentless chaos. The way the atmospheric piano and clean vocals close the song reminds me a lot of the way the same tools was employed on 'Dødens horeunge' and it works as perfectly here as it did there. So, never getting boring or predictable 'Bestænkt af syndens vievand' is a brilliant song to be the album's opening metal track and also a great song to get acquainted with the band.

The remaining tracks are also highly atmospheric with 'Med korstegn og grådkvalt fad' effectively conveying the 'I Am Abomination'-like feeling of being chased in a forest with an arrow in your shoulder, 'Asken fra hendes' immersing the listener in nearly DSBM-level trepidation and uncertainty and 'Fortabt moribund' constantly shifting between excitement and calmness (the latter often achieved through the use of beautiful piano) with the passage at 10:52 being highly reminiscent of Xasthur. The album doesn't possess solos like the great one of 'I den spejlvendte verden', but I don't view it as a downside considering how diverse it is.

So far I have mentioned how some elements used in Trolddomssejd I Skovens Dybe Kedel have been bound with the band's sound and songwriting on Midnatsbøn Ved Djævelens Port even better than on its predecessor, but now it's time to discuss the significant changes to the band's sound. It has certainly become cleaner, the instruments are combined much more nicely with each other. While it does cause the album to lose the early Burzum-like rawness that, for example, multiplied the atmosphere of the riff of 'Når solen bløder rød' by 10, I think the advantages outweigh the drawbacks. The music of Midnatsbøn Ved Djævelens Port is much more complex, mature and diverse with the cleaner sections, bass and drumming that is easier to discern due to the album's production greatly contributing to its successful exploration of a huge spectrum of emotions. The play with left and right channels that I haven't really come across on the band's debut also assists in the creation of its uneven atmosphere. Overall, there is less anger in the album and more epicness, rumination, perseverance, chill. As an appreciator of experiments and originality, I can only welcome these changes and I think Geistaz'ika has definitely moved in the right direction with this album.

So, Midnatsbøn Ved Djævelens Port further consolidates Geistaz'ika's position as one of my favorite modern Danish black metal artists. An excellent record possessing everything a black metal album needs to possess and also marking a significant shift in Geistaz'ika's songwriting that makes me very excited for their future material.

Rating: 9 out of 10

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Review by TheOneNeverSeen on December 3, 2023.

Geistaz'ika's sophomore effort definitely meets the standards set by Trolddomssejd I Skovens Dybe Kedel, for it is a consistent, highly engrossing black metal piece that definitely stands out from lots of well-produced but not memorable or inspiring artists of the genre's modern scene that I frequently stumble upon. It takes the listener on a cold 50-minute journey perfect as a soundtrack for the advent of winter.

Like its predecessor, the album starts with a short track which I LOVE. The clean guitar and piano create a truly sinister atmosphere, while the clean singing combined with dissonant whispers adds to the overall mysterious feeling of the song. The intro of Trolddomssejd I Skovens Dybe Kedel wasn't bad by any means, but it wasn't nearly as remarkable (despite using similar ideas). So, the new album shows a clear improvement in this sense. Then, the album throws an excellent atmospheric black metal riff of 'Bestænkt af syndens vievand' at you. It is as epic as the first metal riff of Geistaz'ika's debut (that of 'Når solen bløder rød'), but the aforementioned clean singing, guitar, bass and... owl noises? at 3:33 aid to diversify the song structure, ensuring the melody is not overly redundant. The cleaner and rawer segments are professionally cojoined, constantly seizing and then suddenly releasing the listener from the enshrouding flow of tranquillity, allowing them to fall in the song's relentless chaos. The way the atmospheric piano and clean vocals close the song reminds me a lot of the way the same tools was employed on 'Dødens horeunge' and it works as perfectly here as it did there. So, never getting boring or predictable 'Bestænkt af syndens vievand' is a brilliant song to be the album's opening metal track and also a great song to get acquainted with the band.

The remaining tracks are also highly atmospheric with 'Med korstegn og grådkvalt fad' effectively conveying the 'I Am Abomination'-like feeling of being chased in a forest with an arrow in your shoulder, 'Asken fra hendes' immersing the listener in nearly DSBM-level trepidation and uncertainty and 'Fortabt moribund' constantly shifting between excitement and calmness (the latter often achieved through the use of beautiful piano) with the passage at 10:52 being highly reminiscent of Xasthur. The album doesn't possess solos like the great one of 'I den spejlvendte verden', but I don't view it as a downside considering how diverse it is.

So far I have mentioned how some elements used in Trolddomssejd I Skovens Dybe Kedel have been bound with the band's sound and songwriting on Midnatsbøn Ved Djævelens Port even better than on its predecessor, but now it's time to discuss the significant changes to the band's sound. It has certainly become cleaner, the instruments are combined much more nicely with each other. While it does cause the album to lose the early Burzum-like rawness that, for example, multiplied the atmosphere of the riff of 'Når solen bløder rød' by 10, I think the advantages outweigh the drawbacks. The music of Midnatsbøn Ved Djævelens Port is much more complex, mature and diverse with the cleaner sections, bass and drumming that is easier to discern due to the album's production greatly contributing to its successful exploration of a huge spectrum of emotions. The play with left and right channels that I haven't really come across on the band's debut also assists in the creation of its uneven atmosphere. Overall, there is less anger in the album and more epicness, rumination, perseverance, chill. As an appreciator of experiments and originality, I can only welcome these changes and I think Geistaz'ika has definitely moved in the right direction with this album.

So, Midnatsbøn Ved Djævelens Port further consolidates Geistaz'ika's position as one of my favorite modern Danish black metal artists. An excellent record possessing everything a black metal album needs to possess and also marking a significant shift in Geistaz'ika's songwriting that makes me very excited for their future material.

Rating: 9 out of 10

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