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Varathron - Patriarchs Of Evil LP (Black vinyl)

€14.90

Six full-lengths over three decades makes for a precarious discography to explore, but Varathron has stayed closer to their core elements than most bands with a similar track record (Mayhem, anyone?). Time has polished the Greek group’s brand of melodic black metal, but they remain defined by traditional metal riffwork and catchy guitar harmonies, friendly relations with slower tempos, and Stefan Necroabyssious’ eccentric yelps.

However, a more grandiose presentation does set Patriarchs of Evil apart from its predecessors. In addition to a very clean production job, a greater emphasis on complementary acoustic guitars and subtle choral fanfare results in a more “epic” tone. These elements were hinted at on 2014’s Untrodden Corridors of Hades but are on full display here. It’s honestly not too far off from what Behemoth or Immortal have been up to lately either, especially on the slowest songs like “Remnants of the Dark Testament” and “Ouroboros Dweller (The Dweller of Barathrum).”