VARATHRON - The Lament Of Gods LP (Black Vinyl)
Varathron is quite an underrated band; they come from a generally underrated scene - or rather, one that’s often overlooked - and this happens to be an underrated release. Underrated seems to be the pivotal word here. Whereas Varathron’s first two releases appear to be quite well liked by those who’ve heard them, this one tends to be overlooked or dismissed. Why that is, I’m not entirely sure. A change in direction? The EP format? Well, personally, I’ve always been very fond of the said format; I tend to think of it like a short story, just in audio format (not that this is a Vincent Price reading ‘Ligeia’ but how my mind wanders…).
Basically, this is an ideal EP for me. It’s fresh and quite adventurous (which is something that the format lends itself well to). If you’re into black metal that strays of the beaten path: your Mortuary Drapes, Sabbats, Master’s Hammers and such then I can certainly recommend this to you. It’s mostly quite melancholic but with a strangely uplifting feel to it. A strange celebration of unexpected pain, indeed!