Over the last five or so years, Elderblood has established themselves as symphonic black metal titans, and this year these sinful black metallers are back with a furious vengeance with Messiah. Messiah is seven songs of blistering and damning black metal, and with the help of the symphonic elements, Elderblood walks you through hell themselves and brings you to your horned maker. All throughout you feel as though you are making, and have made, a treacherous descent into the netherworld only for you to be tormented for the rest of eternity.
Elderblood storms out of the gates of hell with Thagirion’s Sun and from there they take off only to shed blood and eviscerate anyone who stands before them and claim the souls of the innocent and corrupt. Messiah is a stampede of diseased black metal that only wishes to sacrifice you to Satan himself. While listening to this purely sinful release, you get ripped to shreds from the inside out just to make your suffering that much more excruciating.
Each song lashes out at you like the forked tongue of a serpent, and the entire album is poisonous and bludgeoning as Elderblood doesn’t let up on their blasphemous attack until the final song closes. Whether you expect this from the Ukrainian blasphemers or not, you still get caught off guard every minute and at every turn that this release takes. For the majority of this abyssal album you get music that shreds your soul in two, but in the blink of an eye Elderblood will slow the music down and have you listening to darkened dirges of hate.
As you are listening, the lights flicker and begin to dim and your surrounding atmosphere seems to get heavier and thicker as pitch black smoke fills the room. If music itself were able to summon the Dark Lord himself (and I’m not saying that it can’t) this record would be able to and certainly does trigger a demonic presence within your own being. None of the songs that are present here are not filled with hell fire and their fair share of Satanic presence.
Throughout Messiah you bear witness to evil incarnate. Plagued riffs lash out at you, bass lines mangle you and barbaric drums descend upon you like thousands of sledgehammers. Forcing and shredding their way into your skull are the purely maniacal vocals that sound as though they came from misery and the burning pits of hell themselves. Behind all of the scorching musicianship is the orchestral performance that provides all of the sacrilegious atmosphere for you. The atmosphere in each song is dark and dense, and sooner or later you become lost in the ever darkening soundscapes.
Messiah is heavy, dark, dismal, technical and melodic and many more descriptive words but you get the point. This record is an all encompassing record that takes you through the bowels of hell only to leave you there for remainder of your short lived life. This type of blasphemous art is here to make sure that God is kept away and Jesus never returns, so with that said play this loud and play this until Lucifer comes through your floor.
Beware of Messiah as it comes out May 27, 2016 through Osmose Productions.