"The Grand Manifestation"
New album out October 19 on Dark Descent Records
Third Storm - "Tarîtîya Me" EP - September 2015 on Dark Descent Records
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Third Storm - The Grand Manifestation
With an album cover that would make Michelangelo turn in his grave and God himself throw up the way he is presented, one must be curious what the music is like behind this epic and riddle-filled artwork. Without warning, the album explodes with the hypnotic insanity and non-stop hellish vocals of "Prima Mobilae", you can't help but feel dragged down into an ever-opening black vortex of madness. An album opener could not be more insane and exquisite than this. Straight to the anthemic "As the Stars Watched the Birth of Eternity" to the skull crushing doom of "The Third Thought From the Sun", the guys show that they are back with full cylinders and also haven't lost the heaviness and unique touch that was so well presented on their EP. After the short and haunting choir track "Sapiens Formulae" which feels like a calm break before the album's fastest song "Through Eyes of the Omnipresent" is unleashed with raging fury and hits you in the head for four minutes. The following song "Forgotten Deity" clocks at eight minutes and is the album's longest track. It shows the band's skills to write varied and well-written songs with many different melodic passages and tempo changes without losing its point and catchiness. "Forgotten Deity" has everything and represents the true passion this band has for different styles of extreme metal, a true adventurous and epic song with a beautiful ending. The following song, "Gorakaathuar" reminds me of those old Teutonic black/thrash bands, a really cool and crushing tune with the ending chorus that follow you days after hearing the song. "In Wrath Enshrouded" is a perfect album closer, four minutes of intense black/death/thrash madness that will leave you beaten and breathless in the dust the album has left you.
It's hard to put Third Storm in one category, and that's a good thing. Black/death/doom/thrash, all blended together, the variety throughout the album is well-crafted and there's everything for everyone who love extreme metal here; brutality, heaviness, speed, melodies, chaos, doomy stuff, blast beats etc, and everything is excellently done in its pure blackest form, and with a very raw but crispy wall of sound at the same time, and all the songs stand out and are actually very catchy. "The Grand Manifestation" is also a concept album and part one of a trilogy. You have to read the complex but interesting story itself (included in the booklet along with the lyrics) in order to grasp it fully. An existential and philosophical journey with lots of metaphors and symbols that can only come out of Heval's imaginative mind. The ending is a cliffhanger, so hopefully the guys hurry up with the next album.
Fred Wallenberg (The Lurking Fear/Skitsystem)