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Review: Brulvahnatu - Frozen Obscene Deliverance
Frozen Obscene Deliverance

Label: Eternal Obscurity Records
Year released: 2015
Duration: 54:08
Tracks: 4
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: December 24, 2020
Reviewed by: Mjölnir
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Frozen Obscene Deliverance

Rated 3.83/5 (76.67%) (6 Votes)

Brulvahnatu have always been an odd, enigmatic band from what I've heard from them, so much so that there isn't even one single pronunciation of their name (for reference sake, let's go with BROOL-VAA-NAA-TOO for now). Despite that, their fourth album might be what I would consider their most typical work, as it is less chaotic than Menstrual Extraction Ceremony, less moody than Sick Creature Nightmare, and less blatantly experimental than either release. Initially, I found this to be overly clean and unmemorable, a retread of old ideas with nothing new or interesting to show for it. Of course, even the albums I love from this project took time for me to fully get into, and that was also the case here, it just took a little longer because it's less immediately gratifying, with fairly involved arrangements and a more subtle songwriting approach that takes time to sink in. Don't mistake that for calling this laid-back, as it's still built upon frozen blasts of tremolo riffing, guttural grunting, and odd, sometimes startling leads, all of which coil and wind into themselves for the duration of their monstrous lengths. There's nothing on here I'd call first-rate, and indeed I'd say the jump made on Sick Creature Nightmare was necessary to avoid a descent into stagnation, but songs like "Into Cold Damnation" and the mammothine "Escape from Purgatory" do everything you'd want from Brulvahnatu, and that's enough to make Frozen Obscene Deliverance a worthy part of the band's output.

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