Darkness comes in many forms, and one of those forms is black metal of course and coming out with their own brand of darkness next month is Athame. Their blasphemous new album is titled With Cunning Fire and Adversarial Resolve and it packs nine blistering songs that are not only punishing but nightmare inducing at times. This is an album that chills you right down to your bones and all at the same time it slaughters your soul and damns you to hell for all eternity. With Cunning Fire and Adversarial Resolve is a vicious black metal assault that has enough sinister evil lurking within it to last you for a year.
After a foreboding intro Athame doesn’t take much time to submerge you in their darkened world of sinister black metal. Right off the bat they try to rip your head off and feed it to hellish ghouls and the attack on your life continues or the entirety of the album. Of course there are parts to each song that are slowed a little and aren’t played at incredibly blistering speeds, but you shouldn’t take those moments lightly either as they are just as deadly and poisonous. When Athame decides to slow a song down, that slow tempo is usually accompanied by a terrifying and wholly sinister atmosphere.
With Cunning Fire and Adversarial Resolve is filled with soul breaking darkness and it makes you feel as though it may be ripped out of you at any moment with a ceremonial dagger. This record captivates your mind in a way where you feel as though a dark and brooding entity is watching you, lurking in the shadows waiting for an opportune moment strike. Athame put forth a dizzying effort that shrouds you in darkness and uncertainty and is on a mission to scorch the earth and claim as many souls as it possibly can.
It feels as though Satan had a hand in recording this album himself as With Cunning Fire and Adversarial Resolve is dripping with evil and seems to have been submerged in hell fire. This record is a raw and punishing nine tracks that simply doesn’t quit bombarding you until you relinquish the rights to your lie. With Cunning Fire and Adversarial Resolve is suffocating and bears down on you draining you of life until your veins run dry and your flesh is stripped from bone.
Each song is complete with savage and devilish riffs, tumultuous drumming, buzzing and skull numbing bass lines and dissonant and purely evil vocals that are screeched at you from every direction. On top of the chaotic music is the atmosphere that Athame provides, and that atmosphere is as sinister and cold as they come. With everything combined you get a release that is solid and incredibly demonic. This is uncompromising and truly terrifying black metal which is exactly what the genre is about.
With all of its mesmerizing darkness, With Cunning Fire and Adversarial Resolve traps you in its abyssal darkness only for you to keep playing the album over and over again. Listen at your own discretion, because as soon as you do you become trapped inside of a hellish black metal vortex.
With Cunning Fire and Adversarial Resolve will be out July 8, 2016 through Grimoire Records.