As far as I am concerned, black metal is a genre in which you can experiment freely and twist to create a wholly different sound than anyone has heard before. Black metal as a genre doesn’t abide by genre restrictions or stipulations. With that being said and the amount of twisting and black metal contortion there is, the same can’t exactly be said about Azerine. Azerine is a one man black metal band and at the helm is a man who calls himself Tempest. Throne ov Perdition is a purely black and isolating piece of work. There isn’t too much experimentation on Throne ov Perdition-if any at all-but what it is, is a solid piece of molten traditional black metal.
Through three songs, there is eighteen minutes of music, and within those eighteen minutes you get slithering and writhing dissonant metal. From the opener you quickly begin to realize that stumbling upon this piece of music wasn’t by choice as Throne ov Perdition almost coaxes you in with an utmost evil intensity.
There really is no mistaking what you are listening to once you crack Throne ov Perdition open. From the opener-which is also the title track-there is no mistaking the fact that Azerine is purely blackened orthodox black metal.
Each of the three songs are of the cold, bone splintering blackened variety. Once you take one listen there is no escaping the abysmal pitch black fog that shrouds you. As mentioned above, the music is molten and slithering but it is ever so subtle.
The production of Throne ov Perdition is raw and unfiltered giving the release that old school black metal feeling. Throne ov Perdition sounds as though it awoke from its century long slumber and crawled out of its tomb to release a foul darkness and spread chaos wherever it roams.
The riffs are serpentine and the drums are uncorked and never subdued. The vocals sound as though Tempest is gurgling the blood of a sacrifice as he is recording. The general sound of Azerine is one of utter bleakness and isolation. The music makes you feel as though a shadow like figure is lurking around every corner ready to drag you into the fiery depths of hell.
For just a three track release, Azerine creates something that is menacing. Throne ov Perdition sticks to the old school script giving off that 80’s old school spine chilling black metal sound. Throne ov Perdition is a great jumping off point for a band that has a lot of potent potential to keep on spreading darkness across the world.