SP – Bass
FT – Guitars, Vocals
LN – Guitars, Vocals
1. To Welcome The Withering
2. The Odious Ordeal
3. A Shadow In The Fire Part I – (Scars Of Solitude)
4. A Shadow In The Fire Part II – (Where Fire Awaits)
It’s quite cliché to describe a black metal release as like you’re staring into the endless abyss of hell, but when you get sent a record which personifies that very feeling of dread and despair in the way only a band of this ilk can do, there’s not much else you can say.
Naxen, all the way from Munster, Germany have unleashed their debut album “Towards the Tomb of Times” upon the BM world, with a contemporary take on the genre that pays homage to the Scandinavian origins. It is an avalanche of guitars and blast beats that feel like an endless supply of rocks and shards are raining on your ears like a hail of arrows and crossbow bolts.
In their press release, the band say their sound reflects how death is the ultimate liberation and all hope is redundant when a human reaches their end, offering full-on nihilism to the listener. I’d say this is certainly what they have achieved, but it’s not the sort of nihilism for the easily distracted.
“Towards the Tomb of Times” is only four tracks, but each is over 10-12 minutes in length, so it’s an album that requires a time commitment. Naxen must’ve had the sheer scale and depth of how hell and its numerous levels must appear to someone like Dante falling helplessly through them, so they decided to pull no punches when it came to how big and strong the might of hell is.
I would say this album is spine-tingling, bone-chilling but also a bit of a drag in places. As someone who isn’t the biggest fan of elongated tracks, I’d put this one down as a release for the guys who love the progressive and technical sides of the extreme metal world. It’s not a bad release by any means, but be warned if you prefer short songs and end up with this on your playlist.