VARGRAV entrance with a cold fog of mystical malice on “Reign in Supreme Darkness”

Hailing from Finland, Vargrav is the sole creation of prolific Black Metal veteran V-Khaoz. Reign In Supreme Darkness is the follow up to Vargrav’s 2018 release Netherstorm, which rightly earned high praise for its proper execution of Symphonic Black Metal. Though keyboards are often shunned by Black Metal’s inherent elitism, Vargrav have demonstrated an understanding of the mystical capabilities of the synth. Reign In Supreme Darkness is a refinement of the sound captured by Netherstorm, and a distillation of its best elements.

Ambience and bell chimes consecrate the air. We begin our journey with an ominous keyboard intro that gives us a premonition of the fantasy to come …

Beginning with a solid drum roll, “The Glory of Eternal Night” draws us in with fantastical, and epic riffs. Keyboards and guitars meld together to form a unique distortion with a mystical layer that hovers over us like a cold fog. Vocals echo through cavernous chambers; a trembling vibration of demonic tone.

“Dark Space Dominion” leads us down dark corridors of melancholy. A dynamic, charging rhythm, galloping across the astral plane.

“In Streams From The Great Mysteries” paints the sky dark with somber lead guitar melodies. The haunting layers of synth can only be described as Frozen; the earth is embraced by ice.

A powerful clash of elements, “As The Shadows Grow Silent” contains some of the most catchy, and fierce riffing of the album.

“Crowned By Demonstorms” ascends from the depths of glacial chasms to soaring altitudes where permafrost reigns. No life may grow at these heights, yet we reach out to grasp the zenith as magic ensorcells us. This track is the pinnacle of Vargrav. It leaves the listener in a state of astral projection, rising to the heights of the firmament.

“Godless Pandemonium” grips the listener with an immense atmosphere. Whip strike snare hits, and reverberating drum fills create ominous echoes, as crisp cymbals penetrate the air and ring out into the ether.

The album closes with an inspiring display of majestic summonings. At times introspective, and other times all out fist pumping; “Arcane Stargazer” is the perfect conclusion to an epic journey.

Vargrav have once again produced a truly phenomenal offering. Their sophomore album contains all the elements of melody that made early Dissection, Dimmu Borgir, and Emperor so memorable, while maintaining the grim sincerity that Black Metal requires. A spellbinding adventure to the barren tundra, Reign In Supreme Darkness is a hypothermic journey through polar night.

WEREWOLF RECORDS, in conspiracy with HELLS HEADBANGERS, is proud to present VARGRAV’s highly anticipated second album, Reign in Supreme Darkness, on CD and vinyl LP formats.



OBSCURING VEIL slide between life & death in harrowing psychedelia on “Fleshvoid To Naught”

Obscuring Veil emerges like an apparition seen through a thick haze: A haunting specter of dreadful paranoia looming at the boarders of insanity. This mysterious entity comprised of some of black metal’s most innovative and demented artists has brought forth an offering of true psychotic pandemonium. Featuring the minds that brought us Aevangelist, Wormlust, Gnaw Their Tongues, and Urgehal – among a plethora of other top tier bands – Fleshvoid To Naught is a horrific manifestation straight from the depths of the abyss.

The album begins with “Abstraction,” a bone-chilling piano intro with a creepy vintage phonograph tone. “Do You Want To See The Knife I Used?” kicks in with the mind-altering cacophony of layered guitars, as fans of Aevangelist know all too well. Mid-paced riffs provide a foundation as the guitars paint brush strokes of chaotic disharmony. As the rhythmic pulsation holds your attention you begin to feel your own pulse quiver under the weight of a suffocating dissonance. Demonic whispers and ghoulish wails echo like the screams of tortured souls; creating a simulated paranoid schizophrenia, like the voices in your head you aren’t sure are real. “Obfuscation” is a horrifying descent into psychosis. An ambient collage of maddening sounds, like haunted winds signaling the bells of Armageddon.

“Spirit Me Away, O Murdered Star” contains some of the best riffing on the album. Maintaining the album’s chaotic dissonance, this song stands out by incorporating charging riffs that hook you in and get your head banging. It eventually returns to utter madness as the suffocating layers of dissonant guitars and mournful wails drag the listener closer to the crumbling cliffs of their fragile sanity. The song concludes the album with a hellish ambience of tortured moans that reminds one of the legendary Stalaggh Projekt Misanthropia album. The drumming stands out as one of the main highlights of the album. It remains simple at times when the music needs its space, and carefully selects the most perfect of moments for intricate cymbal work and precision drum fills.

This album is a diabolical masterpiece. Like being trapped in a Pentagonal prism (prison) of fractured mirrors, reflecting abominations. More details are revealed with each listen as the sonic illusions begin to become more and more vivid. If you’re looking for an album that will deliver the psychological torment of a bad acid trip, Fleshvoid To Naught offers an aural razor blade to sever your connection with sanity.

I, VOIDHANGER RECORDS is proud to present Fleshvoid To Naught on Digipack CD with an 8-page booklet, limited to 300 copies.