Title: Channeling Death and Devil
Label: Altare Productions
Style: Black Metal
Dutch (originally Portuguese) band Israthoum offer us here their third full-length album, a 9 tracks effort clocking almost 50 minutes of playing time. Apart from the sulphurous, reek embalmed atmosphere that surrounds the complete material from start to finish, the technical level we're dealing with here is way above the norm, we're getting an opulence of mesmerizing, sombre, original guitar riffs and leads, a highly intense and upfront bass line and an organic, visceral drum section that will impress even the most traditional of fans. Basically we're treated with old-school, traditional Black Metal but with plenty of putrefaction borrowed from the more modern forms of this genre, I'd compare it with an angrier, more severe and more up to date Satyricon of the '90's. It even has different production values so that some tracks sound recorded and produced in a professional studio, and some others in the rehearsal place but still sounding impecable, even giving a more sinister vibe. Without a shadow of a doubt this is one of my fave Black Metal releases of 2017, too bad I've discovered it only a year later.
Reviewed by Adrian