Distributor/label: Satanath Records
Distributor/label URL: www.satanath.com
Buy Album [URL]: https://satanath.bandcamp.com/album/sat168-lava-invocator-m-rk-2017
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/lavainvocator
2. Empyrium Et Nihil
4. Black Dawn
5. Dark Thunder Sky
There’s absolutely no messing about with this Ukrainian duo. Details are scarce – all I can say for any certainty is that Mörk is the debut album. There’s a FB page, but you have to add them as a friend. There are other review sites, of course. There’re a couple of websites written in either Ukranian or Russian, I think, but speaking neither I can’t say any more. That’s it.
The intro of Awaken is an electronic Coil-esque synth, but then blasts into some pretty brutal black metal. Sometimes bands span genres, or there’s a little confusion about whether or not they would qualify as ‘black’, ‘death’ whatever; here there is absolutely no doubt, whatsoever. This isn’t to say that the whole album is just a violent wall of sound, though.’Empyrium Et Nihil’ morphs into an almost lilting 6/8 at one point. ‘Black Dawn’ is a complete change of tact again. This is a diverse album that’s intelligently put together. Title track ‘Mörk’ is definitely my favourite, with a deliciously creepy choral background.
Definitely a band to watch and any black metal fans will be suitably impressed with this, especially as a debut. From a personal perspective, whilst this is entertainingly heavy, there are moments where I think it’s a little bit at the expense of any melodic qualities. This is nit-picking, to be honest. Give it a listen, you’ll like it.