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Sunday, August 7, 2016

Review: Idolatry - Visions From The Throne Of Eyes

From the frozen north of Edmonton, Canadian black metallers Idolatry developed a ferocious reputation in their homeland on the strength of a vicious self-titled EP and numerous live performances over the years. Having honed their craft into a splendid Satanic brew, the quintet finally prepares their debut effort on March 25, 2016 via Humanity's Plague Productions.

This here is a rather dynamic and mostly impressive effort that centers around the album’s overly simplistic riffing which marches forth with their traditional tremolo riffing. The cold, haunting atmosphere from these sprawling rhythms meshes incredibly well with the more simplistic and straightforward arrangements here so efforts like “Thunder from the Depths,” “Anachronistic Might of Spellcasting” and "Tiamatic Winds" manage to bring about the colder atmospheres as it buzzes along at the faster tempos while also allowing for the inclusion of melodic accents in “Satanas Häxan” and “Visions from the Throne of Eyes (Pt II)” to bring out that frosty vibe even further. What causes this to stumble here is the somewhat jarring drumming which is quite busy at times and placed quite loud in the overall mix resulting in a constant clattering sound in the background that doesn’t really augment the music all that well even if the patterns and performances are played to perfection. It can use a little work on pacing as well, but overall it’s not all that bad of an effort at all.

Though there’s some minor debut jitters which is to be expected here, there’s still more than enough to really get out of this one that there’s a lot to like for fans of the frosty, slightly chaotic old-school black metal in this one though those who aren’t really forgiving of the flaws here should heed caution somewhat. 8/10

Written by Don Anelli

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