Jotnarr are from the UK and play an interesting brand of black metal. To pigeonhole them into one category such as black metal isn’t exactly fair though. They fuse black metal with crust, some death metal, and doom at times. Broadening their musical spectrum Jotnarr really come out of left field catching you off guard leaving you feel unprepared.
With the seventeen minute run time of Burn and Bury you feel more than inclined to press play again to listen. It is an album that really draws your attention as well as demands it. There is nothing subtle at all about the music, as a matter of fact a lot of it is abrasive. Abrasiveness isn’t always without its beauty though, as Jotnarr string together some incredibly memorable melodic pieces throughout Burn and Bury. There are lyrics of course, but they are very minimal forcing you to focus on the musicianship and the music that is at hand.
Burn and Bury sport a good amount of atmosphere, but never buckle on the fact that the music also needs to be up front, loud, heard and respected. Jotnarr has devised a formula in which black metal is more accessible by adding different elements to their music.
The hyper tremolo picking is there, so are the pounding drums and the dissonant howls of the vocalist, but Jotnarr have perfected the element of surprise. The serene melodic intros melt away to a metallic onslaught of black metal blasphemy. While the songs delve deeper into the dark, and search further for more bitterness, they still seem to keep that certain melodicism about them. Being melodic never means not being black metal, so don’t worry all of you heathens who are die hard black metal lovers. Jotnarr are black metal, but they are a melting pot of different styles of metal as well. They never sacrifice one for the other, or stray from what their true purpose is.
Jotnarr has found a sickeningly sweet balance between being a marching black metal hate machine and being an atmospheric more melodic focused band. The two are fused expertly making for great tunes to thrash about to. If you have not already, it is time to take notice of Jotnarr. With Burn and Bury as well as their other releases, they will be here for a while and with this release, it is a statement from them saying so.