8/10 – Susanne Sinmara
Hibernacula Records, March 2015
There’s a crop of new and good black metal bands coming out of the UK at the moment, and one to look out for is TERRA from Cambridge. This is their first, self-titled album, out on Hibernacula Records in March 2015.
3 tracks, titled I, II and III, 14, 11 and 15 minutes long respectively – the length of the songs is already a sign of the style: Cascadian soundscapes in the vein of Wolves In The Throne Room, Skagos, Velnias etc – sweeping tremolo guitars, lightning fast drums, and haunting vocals, with lots of reverb, mixed slightly into the background. Parts reminded me of Austere as well, with the desperation and melancholy in the voice. The songs stick after a few listens, and the production is clear.
Maybe, just maybe there are a little bit too many breaks in the songs, and 15 minutes do feel a little bit too long – that said, having seen them live last year, it works great on stage.
A great debut all in all.