2020 has not exactly been what one would call a great year, all things considered. However, when it comes to music, I must say that I am pretty happy with what this year has given us so far. Especially in the black and death metal genres, we have seen quite a few amazing and praise-worthy releases. Sweden’s Ov Shadows add another entry to the list of awesome 2020 releases with their second full-length album I Djävulens Avbild.
Ov Shadows take no prisoners on this 43 minutes onslaught of furious and enshrouding black metal. Their approach to songwriting perfectly balances out melody and atmosphere, resulting in a sound that is both extremely dark and epic. There is a strong progressive and forward-thinking element to their monumental compositions that made me think of bands such as Enslaved. Together with the melodic riffery in the vein of Dark Funeral and Immortal and the pervasive dark atmosphere, I Djävulens Avbild is a dynamic and well-composed mixture of all the things that make black metal such a powerful style of music.
Today, Unstille Magazine is honoured to host the premiere of the album’s title track, “I Djävulens Avbild”. The track shines as one of the most sinister cuts on the record, with a brooding and ominous atmosphere that will keep you on the edge of your seat. You can listen to the song here:
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