|Review: Langenneet - Aionin soihtu|
Year released: 2021
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: September 14, 2021
Reviewed by: Mjölnir
Rated 3/5 (60%) (5 Votes)
Langenneet (roughly "Sunken," I think) are a Finnish Black Metal act who claim to focus their lyrics on the lore of fallen angels. I don't speak a word of Finnish, so I couldn't tell you what they mean by that, but I can tell you that their sophomore album, Aionin soihtu (something like Eons Torch), is all about Second Wave Black Metal that recalls the usual suspects of Mayhem and Darkthrone. This gets a bit doomier than average, and the best parts are when they slow down and get more melodic, but everything else is more or less what you'd expect: furious tremolo strumming, a rough, hollow production, and harsh vocals akin to a man gargling glass. I wish I had more to say about it, but this is pretty standard stuff, with most of the songs sounding very similar to one another and never doing anything particularly great to overcome how derivative it all is. This is a perfectly competent album that's enjoyable while it's on, but in a sea of imitators, it's not much more than that.
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