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Istapp 'The Insidious Star' Album Review by Allyson Kingsley,

Istapp

The Insidious Star

Trollzorn Records

April 26, 2019

Album Review by Allyson Kingsley, Music Journalist

Boston Rock Radio

 

If you follow my reviews, you'll know by now that I am a sucker for black metal, a genre that very rarely disappoints me. It is a genre that delivers what I crave for: freezing cold atmospheres, melodic yet sharp guitar riffs, blast beats all the way and flesh-ripping vocals of which most of the overseas bands sing in their native tongue. From southeast Sweden is Istapp with their 4th album, The Insidious Star. Here, we have 9 songs of very fulfilling melodic black metal especially for those of you fond of the Norwegian/Swedish/Finnish black metal scene. 

True to the features mentioned above, Istapp are a perfect example of their country's black metal culture, nothing more and nothing less.They are highlighted by two layers of vocals, a shrieking raspy black metal one delivered by Tizheruk and Gangleri's clean parts. We have melodic and addictive fretwork by Morg as well as Tizheruk. Add the blast beat drumming of Fjalar and the deep bass of Gangleri and influences from “regular” heavy metal, The Insidious Star is more complex than one would expect at first but true to form, it is not surprising. 

Check out the exceptional riffing of “Eternal Winter” especially around the midway part. “Vita Doeden” has a hint of 80s guitar rock thrown in for good measure; after all, you have to add spice to the brutal side of things. I'd have to pick “The Alliance of Cold” as my choice cut because fuck knows I relish the thought of a gigantic black metal fest. Therein, the overseas venues win. Excellent album, my friends, and stay evil.

 

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