Nihill - Verdonkermaan
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Concluding the third part of a trilogy, Verdonkermaan finds Nihill continuing their black metal love in full effect, simultaneously a familiar romp through well-loved tropes and flashes of individual intensity and skill. That distant howls, guitars so trebly and fuzzy as to be washes in the distance, high-speed drums and the like help kick off the opening "Vuur: The Deathwind of Resurrection" shows the par for the course, admittedly. But the focused downward guitar slashes toward the middle of the track as well as the near nods to thrash bring in a little extra focus, and from there the album makes its enjoyable if not wholly unique path.