New comers to the black metal game are Eugene,Oregon natives Antarcht. Antarcht are a two piece black metal band, their self titled debut features six soul crushing songs. They are of course a part of the second wave, or new wave of black metal. Some may enjoy the older stylings of black metal, but don’t let the new wave fool you or make you pass up on some good black metal.
Antarcht start out with an intro letting you know that they’re about to rip your putrid soul out and feed it to their hell hounds. While the hell hounds are feasting on your soul, you have no choice but to listen to what comes next. The intro slips into the second song-an eight minute spirit shredder-titled Godless Epoch. The song is of course anti-religion, much like the rest of black metal. The lyrics are dark screaming for a Godless Age, the vocals to back the lyrics are equally dark utilizing the gravely screech that we’ve all become accustomed to.
After Godless Epoch the album doesn’t slow its decent into complete and utter darkness, shrouding itself in misery and anger until you yourself feel like you’ve been dragged to hell. There is nothing wrong with hell, that’s where are the good music is from according to every parent in the world that are not a metal head themselves. The hellish vocals, the furious riffs, the tumultuous drums, the ambiance and the bleak darkness you get to feel after listening to such an album is what you listen to black metal for.
You also don’t listen to black metal for crisp clean production. You want the music to make you feel isolated, and you want to have that certain sound that makes you think it was recorded in a graveyard. With Antarcht you get all of that and more even. The songs are long with the full album lasting just about forty minutes. That’s forty minutes of wonderfully pitch-black black metal(see what I did there).
With everything this two man band uses at their disposal, they’ve created a great album. To the skeptics of new wave black metal, give it a try, I’m sure that you’ll like what you hear.