Zhrine – Unortheta

“This is undisputable extreme music art that transcends earthly norms and values. Boundless and omnipresent; here’s an album that provokes, a critical uproar if you will, that is so desperately needed in the age of music de-evaluation.”

GENRE: Ethereal Blackened Death Metal
LABEL: Season Of Mist
RUNNING TIME: 39:36
COUNTRY: Iceland
YEAR: 2016
BAND LINK: Zhrine

TRACKLIST:

  1. Utopian Warfare
  2. Spewing Gloom
  3. The Syringe Dance
  4. World
  5. Empire
  6. The Earth Inhaled
  7. Unortheta

REVIEW:

Finally! It came and it cultivated sophisticated atmospheric density along with mesmerizing brutality. Imagine being utterly captivated by a band and obsessively anticipating an album that never appears. This has been my position regarding Iceland’s death metal band Gone Postal since witnessing a shattering live performance at the Wacken Metal Battle finals in 2012. Man how they completely obliterated my senses that day.

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Unortheta – Artwork credit: Zbigniew Bielak

It would take around four years, a change in the extreme musical expression and a new baptism. 2016. “Unortheta”. Zhrine. Here we are. Just under forty minutes of primal, vicious blackened death metal with experimental shifts, conjuring up images of hissing geysers and erupting volcanoes. This is undisputable extreme music art that transcends earthly norms and values. Boundless and omnipresent; here’s an album that provokes, a critical uproar if you will, that is so desperately needed in the age of music de-evaluation.

I’ll stake my reputation on the fact that there’s an embodied concept at work; the towering riffs, mimicking the earth’s last howl before dissolution, mixed with the beautifully refined drumwork and unhallowed, phantasmal vocal styles, creates a fascinating soundworld, brutal and experimental. There’s not point in going into individual tracks. This is an album that is to be experienced from the opening solitude of “Utopian Warfare” all the way up to the dying seconds of the visceral title track.

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Zhrine – Photo credit: Hafsteinn Viðar

I strongly encourage all humans to enter this bleak, engulfing dust-cloud of dissonant heaviness. The pure brilliance of these tracks will end up as personal highlights for this year and probably years to come. It’s been awhile since I’ve heard a band thats’ so refreshing.

Mark: 9,5/10

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