Bubbling up from the abyss comes Folteraar and their debut Vertellingen van een donkere eeuw. This group emerged from seemingly no where to bring sickening tracks of black metal to our ears. Vertellingen van een donkere eeuw is a chaotic effort and one that seems to form all on its own. This release doesn’t abide by boundaries and even though the album isn’t incredibly long, it still feels as though you went toe to toe with a heavy weight. When listening you can’t do any more other than sit back and let the blasphemous music storm down upon you.
Even from the beginning and even though this music is classified as black metal, it is wholly unpredictable. Being as chaotic and free forming as this release is, you can’t really put a finger on what is going to happen next. One thing is for certain, that once you begin the listen you get sucked into a pitch black void from which you will never be seen again.
As spacious as Vertellingen van een donkere eeuw sounds it is also very encompassing and suffocates you quite effectively. There isn’t any room to breath and if you think that at a certain point you will get a break that would be the wrong assumption. Folteraar shovels one dismembering song after another at you and doesn’t hesitate to lay the final blow.
Vertellingen van een donkere eeuw is a typhoon of utter darkness and diseased riffs that pummel you from all angles. No matter where you look to escape the darkened abyss, Folteraar is there to drag you deeper into the ever blackening fog. Nothing on this album is overly complex and with that being said the release almost feels more suffocating.
Vertellingen van een donkere eeuw is a straight shooting black metal album that lives to torture you and nothing else. With this release Folteraar aim to shatter your soul and shroud your mind in bleak images of desperation, despair and disease. One song after the next pummels you into the ground and never lets up until you are cold and bleeding.
Each song provides you with dissonant and discordant riffs, acrobatic drumming, a thick and gut checking bass, and vocals that sound as though they were recorded at the bottom of a never ending cave. Vertellingen van een donkere eeuw is jarring and never backs away from being so; instead it embodies it and embraces the cold darkness that they shroud you in.
This debut album was kept in the shadows and now that it is unleashed upon the world we all are going to feel its wrath. As far as debut albums are concerned, this one is no slouch what so ever. The style of black metal that Folteraar plays is suffocating, apocalyptic and incredibly poisonous. Enter the realm of Folteraar if you dare, just know you may not return.