The Bottom Line
- Spot-on combination of ambient music and 1349's rapid-fire pummeling.
- Frost is once again untethered on drums.
- Released April 27, 2010 on Prosthetic Records
- Co-produced by Tom Gabriel Fischer of Triptykon and Celtic Frost.
- The follow-up to 2009's Revelations Of The Black Flame.
Guide Review - 1349 - 'Demonoir'
Demonoir pairs the interesting things 1349 tried on their last album with their militia-precision assault and other surprises. The result is an audacious and chaotic album that nullifies any criticism 1349 took after last year’s unexpected detour.
The band must have heard the rumblings of their long-time fans because they play with a sense of urgency missing on most contemporary black metal. “Atomic Chapel,” channels the primal ferocity of their early album Liberation, and Ravn gives the vocal performance we were expecting on the last album. Frost may have been held back on Revelations, but is seemingly playing with multiple limbs here; his performance on “When I Was Flesh,” requiring an almost inhuman level of speed.
The most compelling element of Demonoir is that the songs boast the almost operatic sweep of classic 1349 tracks like “Nathicana” and add the eerie backing that was misplaced and overused on their last album. The production is bright and crisp, and the “Tunnel of Set,” interludes prime listeners for the almost merciless tracks.
After I put down Revelations of the Black Flame, I said a “proper combination of off-center material and 1349’s blitzkrieg attack would be potent.” 1349 delivered and then same. Every band is allowed an excursion and 1349 is no exception. It only took the Norwegians one year to turn around and show why they are still on top of the black metal pack. Demonoir is flawlessly executed black metal art.