SWEDISH BLACK METAL
7.5/10 – LUKE HAYHURST
With the sole intent of creating hateful and icy cold black metal since 2008, Swedish black metal band Patronymicon have returned following their debut full length album “Prime Omega” with a brand new opus entitled “All Daggers Towards The Sky”, seven tracks of black metal carnage and mayhem and all released through Carnal Records.
Things start slowly, rising ever upwards towards crescendo as the instrumental intro of “Balamuthia Mandrillaris” winds its way forward methodically. You know things have cooled down and moved into gear when the deafening growls and fast, scything riffs of “World Closure” greet your eyes, prowling quickly to the pace of furious blast beats. As things progress Patronymicon include some crushing double kick drumming as well as short spells of slower, more menacing melody that still screams with a heaviness that the band refuse to relinquish!
Whilst the aggressive speed is never truly abated for any length of time, the band do fuse their harrowing sound with some devious melodies that are woven into the fabric of their sound, tempering the ferocity with cold stabs of steel like flow, the perfect example being the much more controlled sounds of “Fortifications Failed”. that said generally what Patronymicon greet you with is a solid seething mass of noise, hatred and hostility, berating the human race and paying homage to their lord Satan, true old school black metal that wears its influences proudly on its sleeve and doesn’t give a fuck who knows it!