|Review: Numenor - Colossal Darkness|
Label: Stygian Crypt Productions
Year released: 2013
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: February 22, 2014
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Rated 3.32/5 (66.4%) (25 Votes)
I am not all that familiar with the Serbian underground Metal scene, but that country has churned out a bunch of talented acts that deserve some attention.
One of those bands is this 4-piece act called Númenor (which is the name of the five-pointed island given to the Dúnedain in the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien). The band plays a Folk-inspired, blackened Epic Metal, although these Serbian Metallers don't really fit into just one sub-genre. There's Black Metal, Epic Metal, Power Metal, some Folk Metal, some Symphonic Metal and even some bits of Thrash Metal riffage to be found on the band's debut album Colossal Darkness. Even the guitar solos have a tendency to cross the border into Neo-classical Metal quite often, which makes the album even tougher to classify. Basically, Númenor ignore genre boundaries and that's a positive thing, all in all.
Vocalist Despot Marko Miranovi? sounds very much like Sentenced's Taneli Jarva during the North from Here era, which adds some wild and wicked charm to their sound. Númeror also brings to mind Nexus Polaris, by the Norwegian melodic Black Metal band Covenant. At the end of the day, Colossal Darkness stands firmly on its own two feet and it is a uniquely written opus. Númenor is definitely a band to keep your eyes on.
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