|Review: Black Royal - Lightbringer|
Label: Suicide Records
Year released: 2018
Genre: Death Metal
Review online: April 5, 2018
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Rated 4/5 (80%) (6 Votes)
First of all, it's a fact that without the musical heritage that the godfathers of Heavy Rock/Metal, Black Sabbath, the Metal scene of today would have sounded very different. That arouses the question of how different it would have sounded without their massive influence on everything. Well, this is a question that obviously nobody can answer.
Black Royal, a band from Finland, are undoubtedly one of the products of Sabbath's musical heritage, at least as far as all this grooviness of riffs on their debut album Lightbringer is concerned. They have much more to offer, however. Draw in slices of Entombed's Death 'n' Roll sound of their Wolverine Blues and Same Difference albums, and we get even closer to their sound. Cover it all with a fair dose of sludge-like elements, and we have some sort of picture as to how they sound. Or, perhaps not...
It's really hard to pinpoint a precise description of the exact style Black Royal display on here, but the stuff they do has a strong, intriguing factor attached to it. From the lead-heavy and oppressive punisher "Pentagram Doctrine" to the haunting and mesmerizing Sabbath-sque title track, to the black horizons painting and absolutely beautiful "The Chosen" (which might be the most satisfying song on the whole record), the album offers a vast array of different moods and atmospheres that can throw a listener from one end to the other. For the most part of this journey into the heavy and dark realm of Lightbringer, it is really rewarding in the sense of getting a full load of excitement in the form of darkness, misery, and merciless heaviness. Get it to suffer - and to enjoy!
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