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Germany's Dark Fortress is the future of Black Metal! Any band that can pull off writing Black Metal ballads and make them sound chilling and downright evil, are setting a new standard for extreme metal. The blast beat overdubs in several songs, although strange at first, sounds absolutely killer. The vocal abilities of Morean are impeccable and the guitar work of V. Santura (also of Celtic Frost & Trypticon fame) bring an emotional heaviness to each song that I haven't heard since the early days of Hecate Enthroned. Fans of new Ulver stuff will really dig the David Lynch cover, Sycamore Tree. Ylem is already in my top 5 metal albums of 2010!
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5 :AVE RATING
ALL REVIEWS FOR: DARK FORTRESS
RATING Venereal Dawn 2014 Century Media T. Ray Verteramo 9/10/2014 4.5 Ylem 2010 Century Media David Loveless 5/11/2010 5
ALL INTERVIEWS FOR: DARK FORTRESS
TAGLINE Morean T. Ray Verteramo 10/24/2014
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