To start the year off right we dive deep in to some black metal from Norway. Dauden just recently released My Soul Will Be Damned Forever two months ago at the end of November. MSWBDF is an eight song blistering storm of hatred and complete darkness. If you wanted to enter the new year in a shroud of darkness and abyssal cold, then Dauden are the people to turn to. Dauden sticks to the traditional black metal style all throughout the album. Each song is scorching fast and long enough to cause you eternal pain and suffering.
The opener is just a two minute taste of what is waiting for you behind the ever blackening curtains. The opening song is simply an assault on your nervous system, supplying enough shock to keep you alive and yet just enough to terrorize you and melt your mind into a puddle. It is an accosting piece, one that doesn’t let up once as you are pummeled with slicing riffs and monstrous drums for the entirety of the song.
Dauden doesn’t stop eviscerating your soul at the beginning as each song after the first is just an extension of that soul battering sickness. There really isn’t anywhere to hide from the darkness as the darkness has consumed all of the light only to make your experience as dismal as possible.
Running is futile and you quickly realize that as there aren’t too many things that can outrun such a blistering tempo. Nothing that Dauden does is subtle or simple, instead each song is in your face and as blasphemous as the previous song. Dauden take cranking it to eleven to a completely different level as that really is the only speed that they know how to play at.
Even some of the slower parts in certain songs are accosting, but those slower elements always give way to a more punishing and damning pace. Dauden really does mix the tempo up quite a bit even if their main staple is assaulting your brain with a battering ram. If they just so happened to play every song at mach one you would have no brain or soul left once the album concluded.
Dauden play black metal at its finest and MSWBDF has exactly what you want in black metal. The tremolo picking is insane and the drums never give up on giving you two black eyes. The underlying bass is a cynical presence that keeps the tone cold and petrifying. While the musicianship is blasphemous the vocals are equally dark and dismal as they are shouted and screamed in your ear until your ears just bleed.
You don’t have to look much further than Norway’s Dauden if you need some darkness and soul shattering black metal in your life. Dauden plays a technical and focused style of black meta and switch up tempos quite often so you don’t get too exhausted while listening. Overall MSWBDF is a savage beating of an album and one worthy of anyone’s collection.