12/18/2014 3:43:27 PM - Review by: Greg Watson
8/1/2014 - Review by: Eric Compton
Extremists will love it, but may have heard it all before
Symphonic Russian black metal? Yes, Bjarm is representing. This six-piece band was formed in 2009 in the Severodvinsk region. ‘Imminence’, the band’s debut, isn’t the most original thing in the world. Yet what it lacks in originality it surely makes up with in presentation. Epic symphonic pieces serve like grand cinematic movie scores to enhance the band’s delivery. The opening track, “Approaching the Close”, is a wind-swept, bell-ringing ode to the Apocalypse. The instrumental is the perfect curtain jerker for “Knowledge of Doom”, a frosty extreme bite filled with death vocals over a brooding mid-pace beat. Guitars churn and burn and never reach full “blackened” speed. It’s obviously influenced by the likes of Behemoth and maybe the flare of Dimmu Borgir. I like when the band moshes through the permafrost, evident on “The Nine Worlds” with its jagged stomp riffs at the midway. Extremists will love it, but may have heard it all before.
ALL REVIEWS FOR: BJARM
ALL INTERVIEWS FOR: BJARM
YOU MAY ALSO LIKE THESE BLACK STYLED RELEASES: