Recall, if you can, your first exposure to black metal. If you’re a grizzled follower of the genre, its sinister novelties have become an aspect of your daily listenings that ceased to faze you long ago. I imagine, however, that you reacted to your first encounter with the style much in the same way your parents would; a knee-jerk response of “what the fuck am I listening to?” that shocked you in a way music never had before. Such was the case as my father and I hurtled down the highway through the snowy dark while A Blaze in the Northern Sky pumped through my earbuds, as recommended to me by some arbitrary “Top 10 Best Black Metal Albums of All Time” list.1 To my unseasoned ears, it was disgusting, hellish, and borderline unlistenable, and yet I was instantly enamored. Though not nearly as severe, my initial listen of Italian duo Lorn’s Arrayed Claws instantly recalled my reaction to the loss of my black metal virginity. I’ve encountered several black metal records that aim to discomfort the listener, yet few have as much bite to back up their bark as this one.

Upon hearing the relatively traditional introductory riff of opener “Disharmonic Feticism,” you might be led to believe that Lorn has a spare fuck or two to give. You would be wrong. They craft atypical and harsh melodies that seem designed to pierce your eardrums and your soul; think the dense atmosphere of The Work Which Transforms God-era Blut Aus Nord, yet with surprisingly technical guitar work that gives off whiffs of Deathspell Omega. Thick power chords are interspersed amongst ethereal harmonics and jarring arpeggios, which are both random and diabolical enough to sound as though they were recorded straight from Belzebub’s personal windchimes. The guitar work on display is utterly unconventional, yet somehow totally memorable, and the sufficiently dynamic drum performances provide an engaging backbone. In terms of caustic edge and sheer strangeness, Arrayed Claws will be hard to touch this year.

Though the avant garde guitar performances are immediately impressive, what makes Lorn a truly special act lies in their song and album construction. Arrayed Claws opens with its two longest and most complex arrangements, which together stretch for around twenty minutes, before it dials back the track length in favor of shorter, slightly more traditional cuts. By placing its greatest ambitions at the forefront, the album feels something like Rush’s 2112 in structure, and feels completely unique in the realm of black metal. Regardless of song length, Lorn is always building towards big, drawn-out finishes that pile on layers of guitars and ambient synths measure by measure. My favorite of these by far is the post-black conclusion to “Abstract Trap,” which could have handily snuck its way onto this year’s impressive The Great Old Ones album.

My only minor sticking point with Arrayed Claws is in line with my main frustration with Anaal Nathrakh’s records. This is an incredibly loud album once Lorn gets going, an issue that they exacerbate by nearly eliminating the low end of the mix to create an undeniably ear-ringing experience. Despite my reservations, I’m somewhat inclined to give Lorn a pass; this is a record designed to unsettle the listener, and the shrillness of the mix absolutely works in Lorn‘s favor in this respect. Additionally, the band’s liberal implementation of ambient synths helps to alleviate the ear fatigue, but it also succeeds in a purely artistic respect to create some gorgeous moments of downtime. The fantastic conclusion of “Disharmonic Feticism” and the downbeat, almost acoustic final cut “Aus Nebel Turm” highlight this aspect of Lorn’s sound best, and add a dash of stark beauty to the otherwise cacophonous proceedings.

At thirty-nine minutes, I’m not certain whether Arrayed Claws is an EP; I’ve seen a few non-label sources describe it as such, yet Lorn’s vision is so fully realized with this release that I’m satisfied with simply calling it “complete.” It sure as hell won’t resonate with everyone, yet the way its unconventional melodies and ambiance intertwine in such a uniquely structured record result in a brutally nihilistic product that draws me in like a moth to flame. It satisfies nearly everything I look for in an avant garde black metal record, and takes me back to a time where black metal was shocking, evil, and something to be feared. Let the ugliness wash over you, and you may find yourself transported as well.


Rating: 4.0/5.0
DR: 8 | Format Reviewed: 256 kbps mp3
Label: I, Voidhanger Records
Websites: facebook.com/Lorn
Releases Worldwide: January 27th, 2017

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  • antitayyip

    i was listening that while reading this..it felt strange… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sCj9tl-z5Gk

  • antitayyip

    will there be new rush album? its almost 5 years…

  • ssorg

    Ouch… not an album for headphones.

    • True. Though not to the extent of a certain Ulver album.

    • Been listening to it on Bose headphones for the last week and it sounds really good to me.

      • ssorg

        I could see how Bose would smooth this out a bit. TBH its not as bad as I originally thought, and well worth any minor discomfort for a more interesting approach to BM than most…. I’d say best new BM I’ve heard in months.

  • Reese Burns

    Wow, that album cover would look great on a vinyl sized print..
    As for the music, it’s fantastic, good review!

    • The cover is fantastic! Is there a vinyl release planned? Because there really should be.

      • Reese Burns

        I couldn’t find any info about it on their Facebook, so I can only hope

    • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

      Why stop on a vinyl sized print? It would look great on one of those huge silk screened flags!

  • Dr. Wvrm

    My first exposure to black metal was Gorgoroth, and it actually put me off the genre for years. Shit was fuckin scary.

    • André Snyde Lopes

      Same thing happened to me. Though the first black metal album I listened to was A Blaze in the Northern Sky. The sound alone was enough to make me dismiss the entire thing…

      • VikingSchism

        Is an initial repulsion to black metal common? I’m interested but not sure where to begin with black. I did enjoy Northern by Sig:Ar:Tyr

        • Well, SIG:AR:TYR is a pretty calm introduction to black metal. Like an extra gentle lover if you will.

          • Beckoning with a velvety soft glove, if you will.

        • Dr. Wvrm

          It’s still maybe a bit on the extreme side, but Emperor’s Anthems to the Welkin At Dusk is what pulled me back into the genre. The transition to Ye Entrancemperium is still rattling around my head.

          • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

            I haven’t listened to Emperor’s Anthems to the Welkin At Dusk in years, yet rarely more than a few days go by without parts of it randomly popping up in my head.

        • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

          Black Metal is designed to repulse, so initial repulsion is fairly common. Dr. Wvrm suggests Emperor’s Anthems to the Welkin At Dusk, a suggestion I greatly agree with.

          • Hulksteraus

            It was Emperor’s Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk, Mayhem’s De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas, Enslaved’s Frost and Burzum’s Det Som Engang Var (I Know, Vikernes is a D!&K, but that atmosphere…). I tend to like BM that is either Folky, progressive or “post” these days though (especially love Solstafir..)

        • Monsterth Goatom

          I think Vallendusk’s Black Clouds Gathering is very approachable, as is Panopticon’s releases.

        • Bas

          Yep I think so. Not just black metal. I was initially not interested in black metal as from what I read about it was either crazy or juvenile. When I actually listened to some later on I started liking some of it.
          But if I am honest I was definately repulsed by the first death metal and grind that I heard. It was Morbid Angel and it scared the shit out of me. Grind was just noise initially.
          At least for me I needed a band/album to ‘get’ it. For black metal It was seeing Dark Funeral live and later listening to Darkthrone, for death metal it is difficult to say, either Death – Spiritual Healing or Cynic – Focus, not sure anymore. For Grind it was Need to Control from Brutal Truth.

        • Reese Burns

          I’d start with Dissection. They’re pretty melodic, always write good riffs and had (for the time) decent production. They might help bridge the gap between enjoying death & thrash and enjoying black metal.

          • Phil Daly

            A mention for Dawn’s “Slaughtersun” at this point.

            First exposure to Black Metal for me was probably Bathory’s “…of Doom” on the Speed Kills III compilation, which was ’87 or thereabouts. So unlike anything else I’d heard up to then!

          • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

            More people should know about Dawn.

          • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

            I will always second any suggestion to listen to Dissection, but listening to them to get into Black Metal is kind of cheating… because Dissection has one foot planted in Black Metal and the other in (Melodic?) Death Metal. Yet somehow they still manage to kick ass with both feet.

          • Reese Burns

            Dropkicking?

  • hallowed

    Actually Lorn means Rush in Mongolian language. No, not really. Anyway, great review and a fine piece of music.

  • Lars Barres

    So is “Reign in Blood” considered an EP in hindsight? Never was back in the day as far as I recall (though plenty of people bitched about the length). Yes, this kind of pointless minutia interests me.

    I go thru stages of listening to black metal and avoiding it because I’ve never appreciated the “make it sound like shit” aesthetic (and ultimately find Satanism more cheesy than all the dragons Dio could conjure combined). This embedded track is in the “too painful to listen to” realm for me, so I think I’m in an avoidance stage at the moment. I like how the buried vocals sound, though.

  • My intro to black metal was Venom’s Black Metal because you know, I’m super olde.

    • Excentric_13073

      Svpvr Vlde?

    • IBlackened

      That was one of the first results of my google “black metal” search here, Steel. Kids can be kvlt too and without the pain of using cassettes :D

    • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

      Venom’s Black Metal… playing as fast and as loud as you can, cramming as much Satan as you can everywhere, with no regards for tuning, production values or anything else… Then some guys in Sweden and Norway decided to continue down the same road as far as they possibly could, turning it into an art form.

    • DIMENSIONAL BLEEDTHROUGH

      Same here

  • Eli Valcik

    Yep yep yep, already in the running for ROTM for me

  • Eli Valcik

    My introduction to black metal came in the form of Windir (my favorite band of all time) and Imortal. What were yours?

    • Reese Burns

      Drudkh for me. After them, I took an instant liking to the whole folk/atmospheric black metal scene. Took me longer to warm up to classic black metal.

      • Eli Valcik

        Yeah, it’s deffinently something you gotta ease into. I fell in love with the atmosphereice progressiveness of Windir and Imortal sparked my love for awesome riffs, which is probably why I grew to like doom metal, the riffs.

    • Anarchist

      If it counts, Cormorant’s Metazoa was the first metal album I listened to that wasn’t Metallica or Maiden. I know it had black metal sounds, but it wasn’t really black metal. Otherwise, I think it was Wolves in the Throne Room’s Two Hunters.

    • IBlackened

      I can’t really remember which one was the first (because I was searching for Black Metal and ended up listening to a lot of songs on Youtube), but it was Darkthrone’s Transilvanian Hunger, Gorgoroth’s Incipit Satan, Mayhem’s Freezing Moon, Immortal’s Tyrants and Dimmu Borgir’s Vredesbyrd.

      • Eli Valcik

        All dope shit man, Mayhem remains one of my favorite black metal bands and freezing moon is really really good

        • IBlackened

          It was really strange for me at that time. I was somewhat familiar with (American) Death Metal, with its warm and fast sound, but when I got into Black Metal, it hit me. It was like I was born for that. That (generally) colder, creepier and darker sound was amazing and to this day it remains my favorite metal sub-genre.

          • Eli Valcik

            Cold is the perfect word to describe it. For me it was the opposite, I started with Norwegian BM and worked my way west from there.

    • ssorg

      Watain Sworn to the Dark got be into black metal, and fully back into metal in general (though I’ve always had time for metal since I was in grade school). After that, it was Ondskapt and Deathspell Omega, BaN, and then a lot of time spent checking out the Norwegian classics. SttD isn’t my favorite anymore (or even top-20) but am thankful for its role in my musical re-education.

      • Eli Valcik

        Watain is really good, I have a very special place in my heart for Scandinavian bands specifically Norway.

        • basenjibrian

          Watain in concert…flames and all…is my computer background. In a suburban government office.

    • LongDeadGod

      Late 90s bro here, dipped my toes in with cradle of filth and dimmu, then got IX equilibrium by emperor and on down the tracks from there

    • Bas

      I knew black metal was around in the mid/late ninetees, but my first exposure was the second band opening for Canibal Corpe (I don’t like Canibal Corpse, I came for the first opening band: Infernäl Mäjesty). I actually enjoyed that black metal concert. For a long time I thought it was Darkthrone. Only later I found it was Dark Funeral..
      (when listening to ‘The secrets of the black arts’ I cannot understand why I liked that concert so much.. it must have been the alcohol that I transferred some of the enjoyment of the Infernäl Mäjesty concert to the next one).
      Anyway, though listening to the albums of Darkthrone afterwards I got into (some) black metal.

    • Wilhelm

      Emperor – In the Nightside Eclipse…This one guy played in on the college radio station. It intrigued me but I thought it was strange and wasn’t sure that I liked it. Soon after, I bought the Firestarter comp and the rest is history.

    • Tofu muncher

      Mine would be Venom, and Dismember (if Dismember is black metal, idk). As for JORN…

  • Treble Yell

    ABitNS was also my first exposure to black metal, but as I had been listening to death metal for years prior its impact was considerably lessened. Still a great first blush with the genre. Nice review, I might have to check this out later.

  • Dead1

    I don’t generally like black metal but the embedded track was cool especially the weird harmonics at the 3 minute mark though they did overuse that bit. Less is more.
    Also the embedded track really is 2 songs.

    • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

      Less is more? Go up all the way to the top and read the second line, please. ;)

  • The Unicorn

    Very, very nice indeed. DR8 does this pretty well.

  • Ferrous Beuller

    Black Shining Leather was my first exposure.

    I’m talking about the album, just to clarify…

    • Eli Valcik

      Black shining leather is fucking great.

      • Eldritch Elitist

        As is Black Shining Leather!

  • Diego Molero

    I don’t recall the exact band that introduce me to black metal, but I still can’t enjoy striaght up black metal, the original norwegian scene. I have try basically everything and the only two bands that I enjoy is Emperor, and I don’t even like In the Nightside Eclipse (I love IX and Anthems, thanks too you Juan is you see this), and Windir (who doesn’t have that shitty production, and aren’t straight up black).
    I found the production on the “trve” black metal albums to be horrendous and unlistenable. I prefer a record that is brickwalled to a record produce like that.
    And while I don’t like straight up black metal, I do enjoy a lot of the symphonic, folk and melodic variations.

    • LExpoZiod

      Word. I think I like the idea of black metal a lot more than I like the actual music. There are a few “kvlt” bands I can get into (Emperor, Helheim etc) but for the most part, the production completely kills it.

      • Nag Dammit

        Totally agree. I’m obviously a hipster when it comes to my black metal as I like it percolated through a filter of folkiness / thrash and served with a frisson of warm frothy production values (I.e. Panopticon, Nechochwen or on the thrashier side, Xoth or horrendous).

    • Gage

      Yeah, I gave black metal an earnest chance but I hate it unless it is mixed with other genres. The production and singing style just rubs me the wrong way (not to mention the elitist, pretentious assholes the genre attracts).

      • Ugo Poifol

        I think Black Metal is like a strong alcohol: a great base to make cocktails with, but unpalatable in its pure form.

        • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

          …unless you’re already drunk as hell.
          ;)

    • GardensTale

      Pretty much in line with my feelings back on the Uburen review.

    • Wilhelm

      BM was never intended to be pop music, it was to be ugly, grim, weird, cold, and antisocial, against traditional norms…so when you hear an album like Darkthrone’s Transylvanian Hunger, you’re seeing BM in its purest form…not that you should like what you don’t like but maybe you can have an appreciation. I find the “raw” albums today lacking much because everything is recorded in digital.

      • Diego Molero

        Don’t get me wrong, I do now that, and I do appreciate that. I listen to Transylvanian Hunger or De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas, and I like the music, and I get what they where going for with the sound, but the production just kills it. And I have tried hard to try and get into the Norwegian scene (hell, I even watched a couple of documentaries), but I just can’t like that production. I’m also young, so I don’t have that “nostalgia factor”
        But hey, I will continue to try it and maybe some day I will like it for real.

    • Ugo Poifol

      So, basically, you are me. Cheers !

    • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

      You’re welcome! Now go listen to Immortal’s Sons Of Northern Darkness. You’ll love it.

      • Diego Molero

        Ohh yeah, Immortal. I have At the Heart of Winter on my computer but always forget to check it out. But will do, both albums.

        • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

          Go for “Sons of Northern Darkness” first.

      • Catalyst

        The album that really pushed me into the black metal scene after dabbling with the likes of Dimmu Borgir and Cradle of Filth for the better part of my youth (the latter of which has improved as of late, and the former, well, not so much). Definitely a solid album to get folks into the genre.

  • Not enough arbitrary lists in review. Disappointment/10

    The embedded track itself sounds ace. Whether I could listen to 37 minutes of this is another matter entirely, but damn.

    For the record, my first exposure to black metal was In the Nightside Eclipse which I loved, but I absolutely could not get into Darkthrone at all. Even now the production on aBitNS makes me weep.

  • iiixf

    If the embedded track (or one made available on a soundcloud/bandcamp page as teaser for a new lp) is supposed to make me part with my cash to get the entire thing, this one fails, although it seems to possess all those qualities that make some folks drool over a BM release and buy it regardless of any voice of reason to the contrary (Deathspell-Omega-like dissonance and what not, plus some other tendencies displayed by some popular or esteemed BM acts, by and large also copied mostly from said DSO), they actually do very little to conceal lack of vision and originality; it sounds terribly generic, copy-and-paste-y, uninspired and synthetic, and for the most part irrelevant, like some notes just got looped in some cheap audio editing software and some generic blastbeaty drum sounds from a box (i.e. also generated by some software or from online drum machine were added) – it just screeches “BORING”, your very own MadamX would call it blah mehtal. Compared to this, even Darkthrone’s first forays into BM sound artistically accomplished and mature, despite the “production” one could bask in the ritualistic and very trancey and creepy atmosphere, which cannot be said of this here reviewed act. And as for my BM, no ideology will or may serve as a dubious cover-up for lack of musical or artistic merit.

    • Eldritch Elitist

      So then, you didn’t like it?

      • iiixf

        that’s right, kind sir, I find any likeness to DSO (the fact one can play “weird” notes does not make them original or show their real musical or compositional skill; actually it’s much harder to actually compose something memorable than assemble some “weird” sounds and claim they’re a “piece”) or BAN (I find them really terribly boring despite most folks’ fapfest at how amazing they are, but that’s maybe because others are saying it so we’d better comply so as not to lose our “cred”, 4 legs good 2 legs better) actually off-putting – why bother with a poor clone when you can enjoy the real thing? Well, that’s just my taste.

  • I’d like this a lot better without the synth bits. Why would you end a song like that? Do you want to be Deafheaven?

    • ssorg

      Synth bits have more in common with Burzum/Emperor than Deafheaven, IMO. For me, deafheaven’s defining characteristic is their cheesy, predicable chord progressions borrowed from Godspeed you black emperor.

      • Sure, I just meant how on their last album every song would end with two or three minutes of boring atmospherics

  • Dagoth_RAC

    I can distinctly remember my intro to death metal – Cause of Death by Obituary. And to quote Cartman, “It warped my fragile little mind”. I had never heard singing like that or such an overwhelming sonic palette. I don’t think black metal had the same effect because death metal had already blown the hinges off my brain. But … it was probably either Emperor’s In the Nightside Eclipse or Darkthrone’s Under a Funeral Moon.

  • Dagoth_RAC

    Also, is it just me or have there been a crap ton of Italian bands on AMG this month. For a country that had little to no heavy metal footprint in my youth (late 80s / early 90s), Italy seems to be making up for lost time lately!

    • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

      Bulldozer, they are… Italian!

  • gus rodrigues

    wow, I just misread the name of the band and I thought that it was quite strange for a reviewer to be mentioning black metal in a Jorn review… later on, unfortunately, I understood my mistake (a black metal album by Jorn would be quite the occasion!)

    now talking about my first black metal experience: I would say it was Sarcofago`s INRI…

    • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

      Maybe Jorn should join these Lorn guys and name it JornLorn. And record an album of nothing but covers of songs with the word “forlorn” in the title where they replace it with “Jornlorn”.

  • miradautasvras

    Aspera Hiems Symfonia was the first extreme metal album i came across. To Those Who Dwellest in the Night to be specific. That riff, the howls and atmosphere.. The feeling was akin to when I first discovered Lovecraft.

  • Monsterth Goatom

    Oh man, this is right up my alley, so to speak. A balm for the soul. Surely Kronos approved.

    • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

      I don’t think Kronos would approve this, Black Metal is supposed to be kvlt, not brutal. Therefore, Black Metal as a whole is not brutal enough!

  • antitayyip

    im only interested in depressive black metal..i love the atmosphere they create…pure black metal and raw sound two things i hate…

  • herrschobel

    My intro to BM must have been Guns n Roses…dirty stuff that was

    • Name’s Dalton

      …aaaand scene.

  • contenderizer

    My introduction to Ye Blacke Artes (not including Venom, who I dug in the 80s) came via spins of Filosofem and Transilvanian Hunger sometime back in the very late 1990s. Like the Elitist, I was taking tips from the canon-keepers. The music didn’t sound bad or shocking, though. The best tracks – specifically “Jesus’ Tod” and “Transilvanian Hunger” – sounded like some weird new kind of gothic punk, satisfyingly fast, abrasive and perversely catchy. I imagined these songs soundtracking ancient black & white footage of careening hearses on dark, storm-lashed mountain roads. Unfortunately, little I’ve heard in the genre since then has been so immediately entertaining and accessible.

    • contenderizer

      Oh, and the linked track here is excellent. Not catchy in the least, but I’m going back in for a third listen…

    • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

      The imagery you describe is awesome. My guess is that you hadn’t seen the video for “Call Of The Wintermoon” then. Maybe you have not seen it yet…

      • contenderizer

        Oh, I’ve seen it alright. But back then, no. Mine eyes had not yet held the glory.

  • PelonManic

    My first exposure to black metal was also Darkthrone but it was Transilvanian Hunger, also recommended form an arbitrary list of the “best” and indeed, WTF was my reaction and bounced off hard. Have since gone back and developed a taste for the genre, and will look forward to giving this one a spin.

  • Eldritch Elitist

    Seeing everyone’s comments on how you all got into the genre is super cool. 70+ comments of blackened nostalgia trips gives me a warm fuzzy feeling. You guys are alright in my book.

    • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

      It’s all your fault, you started it!

    • VikingSchism

      It’s not only nostalgia either, I’ve got a lot of recommendations to look into black metal with

    • Francesco Bordoni

      I’m laaaaate to the party but hey, what are you gonna do: I was first thrown into black metal (and extreme metal in general) at the claws of the soul-shattering intro scream in “Hybrid stigmata” by Dimmu Borgir. I was just plain fucking scared – and it was GREAT.

  • devns

    My first encounter with black metal was Black Metal by Venom, until someone told me it wasn’t actually black metal and I felt like an idiot.

    My real first encounter with black metal was Deathcrush by Mayhem, which sounded to me like somebody being tortured to death with an electric guitar in a skip. Actually, it still does, but now I enjoy it. For me, tinnitus-inducing treble and low production values are part of the fun of the genre.

    • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

      Of course Venom’s Black Metal is real Black Metal! It’s only that its progeny got uglier and nastier as they were birthed. Most likely from all that inbreeding they got going in Scandinavia.

      • devns

        I agree with you; Venom invented black metal on their first album and named it on their second. Bathory were important for the development of the genre but their debt to Venom is enormous. I was being a bit facetious there!

  • DrewMusic

    I feel somewhat obligated to say, this site comprises roughly 66.6% of my faith in humanity (that’s both pseudo-witty and fair, I said what I said.) Beyond fulfilling the basic need for a source of pre-filtered new music suggestions, the writing is always a joy to read through, and even the comments aren’t the worst thing on the internet. Thank you guys and guyettes for doing your collective yet respective thing, the musical world – nay, the world at large – needs more of y’all, looking forward to whatever DRs and unicorns may come.

  • dedseed1

    My first exposure was cradle & dimmu borger back around 2000. Absolutely hated it. I do dig blackgaze tho.

  • AgonMcDuck

    In case the topic is still alive: My first exposure to black metal, at least five years ago, was mostly stuff from Aura Noir and Osculum Infame, because of a friend who loves those two bands (among so many others). I’d been listening to death metal a good few years before that, hell, I was in my tech-death phase (I still love the subgenre btw) but I still don’t think I was that into it back then. The albums that made it really click for me, though: Storm of the Light’s Bane and Satanic Black Devotion. I’m a sucker for fantastic melodies.

    Also, really digging the embedded track. That is one shrill mix though. That feedback isn’t exactly pleasant, though I wouldn’t go as far as to say it was painful. But the guitar work is pretty fantastic. It’s dissonant but really catchy.

    • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

      Storm Of The Light’s Bane is an absolute Metal classic. It’s above any genre qualifier.

  • h_f_m

    Ow. That hurt.

  • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

    The all-treble sound reminds me of Ulver’s “Nattens Madrigal”. Nice.

    • Diego Molero

      Ha! Just yesterday I was listening to Arrayed Claws and thought the same thing, so I came back here to read the review again and the comments.
      Remember when you recommend me Nattens Madrigal? I totally hate it after 5 seconds or so. But like a month or two ago I started digging in Ulver’s discography and I’m now a total fanboy, and I specially love Nattens Madrigal.

      • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

        Well, Nattens Madrigal is a classic for a reason. Those melodies are really infectious. And amazingly enough for such a trebly album, you can ALWAYS hear the bass.

        • Diego Molero

          It really is. I always try to give the classics more than one shot, always open minded, ’cause as you said, they are classics for a reason. I don’t always like them, but I’m glad this one finally clicked.

  • Basil Nolan

    Amon Amarth and Behemoth were my indoctrination while having a power and progressive metal background.

    Thanks for all recommendations guys. It amazes sometimes how far behind you I still am. Not a true kvlt myself but can’t help enjoy the tunes.

  • jersey devil

    awesome review! yes, black metal invokes fear the first time you hear it in your life, and Lorn recaptures that feeling. I was a metalhead for like 20 years before I finally ventured into black metal. It scared me off for decades. now i fucking love it.

  • Sean Sky

    Couple month old post but I still wanted to add my introduction to black metal. In The Nightshade Eclipse was the first I recall hearing and it confused the hell out of me. I dismissed it as a stupid genre of music that nobody actually liked / just pretended to like. But I would keep stuff in my music library sometimes even if I didn’t like it because I found stuff would grow on me over time occasionally. I remember hearing “I Am the Black Wizards” one night and it just clicked. I fell in love with that track. I didn’t really explore much black metal aside from that album for years, though. Kind of drifted away from metal entirely for most of college and beyond. I know people around here don’t like Deafheaven but they actually got me to look into black metal again and now I’ve been discovering new and old greats over the past few years. Anyway, that’s my story.