Cropping up from the crowded abyss comes Prague based band Chernaa with their debut album Empyrean Fire. Combining black metal with elements of post metal, Chernaa create an other worldly sound that draws you in to this overall mesmerizing and infectious album. Empyrean Fire comes complete with seven total tracks that are sure to leave you coming back for more blackened madness. Through blasting blackened assaults to dream like atmosphere woven in, Chernaa provide you with a unique, well rounded and often times hypnotizing sound that cannot be denied.
Chernaa begins their record with the track Pink Powder which sets in immediately with droves of sharpened riffs, ever blasting and tumultuous drumming, dense bass tones and shrieking vocals that call out from the void. Through this opening track, Chernaa rips and tears through it providing you with chaos and an overall tumultuous sound right off the bat. As the slashing riffs pierce your ear drums and the drums smash away at your sanity for over two minutes. That rampage comes to a halt when Chernaa switches gears to grace you with an overall dream like sound that is backed by melodious guitar notes and ghostly cries that lulls you in to a false sense of reprieve. Once the hypnotic dream like sound fades, Chernaa hits you once more for the remainder of the offering with even more ripping blackened malevolence for the remainder of the track.
Through the opening track Pink Powder, Chernaa displays great ability to switch gears from a hellish onslaught to something that is all together mesmerizing and hypnotizing and that follows suit through the remaining six offerings. Chernaa does a great job of weaving in plenty of melancholic, dream like ambiance to their overall abrasive and cutting blackened fury. Tumult and chaos mixed with near serene and captivating atmosphere creates an overall engaging and enthralling sound that is hard to step away from. Each offering within this release is a well crafted one that has you draw further and further in to the unique and ever shifting soundscapes that are created right before you.
Empyrean Fire is solid from beginning to end, never having you come across a track that is lacking in any way. From top to bottom, Empyrean Fire is an excellent release. From the great musicianship, to the ghastly shrieking vocals to the overall hypnotic atmosphere, Chernaa has it all within their seven tracks. Empyrean Fire is undeniably infectious as it has you marching straight back once all is said and done for more. Overall, this debut release is a very strong one as each of the seven tracks that are present within it are excellently executed making the entire release something to truly behold.
Empyrean Fire will be released June 7 through Noizr.
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