Hard to classify black metal that genuinely surprised me
'The Legend' by Signatura Rerum was an incredibly fun listen as it caught me by surprise with what it had in store for me as well as all the elements that made the album hard to peg to one specific genre. The band use a formula of an instrumental track followed by a full song except for the final two tracks where that formula is flipped. What really stood out to me is the diverse sounds that the band use throughout 'The Legend'. You get moments where the band sounds like they are churning through a song that Immortal would have written in their heyday and then you are whisked over to a passage that is reminiscent of early-era Opeth when they were on Candlelight Records. The vocals are a great mix of black metal and clean and both are done quite well. I find myself returning to this album, unable to break the spell that it has cast over me with its icy, yet welcoming sounds.