Title: Songs of the Polar Night
Label: Narcoleptica / More Hate
Style: Black Metal
This material was recorded as a duo, with Celestial helping on drums and Aarsland doing all the rest, but since then Celestial was forced to leave the band because of some serious health problems, so Devilgroth continues as a one man band. This new material features 6 long tracks (one of their is a Ildjarn cover) clocking 43 minutes of playing time, so I'm not sure why it's listed as a compilation on Metal Archives, I have no additional info on this, from my point of view this could even be a new full-length album. Since the 2015 Landschaft album, and since their Black Metal video documentary (search for it on YouTube), Devilgroth started to be more and more active and important in the underground Black Metal scene, and their latest 2 albums, Morena from 2016 and Ivan Grozny from 2017, got some pretty good attention. This new material continues the same path, Raw Black Metal with rough, fuzzy shrieks, intense and at times chaotic drumming and a good display of both aggression and melancholy on guitar work; brutal and razor-sharp Black Metal yet containing its fair share of melody; a somehow sinister, ice-cold atmosphere that screams Siberia, yet I feel there's the need for some more Siberia ethnic influences in Devilgroth's music to be really a successful project. The future looks good for this band, although confronted with line-up problems.
Reviewed by Adrian