REVIEW: Irdorath – The Final Sin

Music is one of the greatest ways to let the mind explore the realm of imagination. While allowing yourself to go down the river of creativity and flow through the sea of thought, music that entices feelings of power and overt strength help bring out the best of what feels is once lost. Being confined to the indoors may stiffen creativity for some. We forget all the things we wanted to do with free time, we struggle to accommodate our arts with those in the household who may not understand. When you pop on your headphones and listen to a record, though, the feeling of climbing an outlandishly-large creature and slitting its throat is often a feeling accompanying the greatest of metal tracks. Within the struggle to find creativity in the walls of houses, let Irdorath’s upcoming release, “The Final Sin,” fill you with feelings of abominable strength and usurp the throne of mindful creativity.

“The Final Sin” is a cinematic experience from front to back, incorporating the right amount of atmosphere with the aggression of a train storming around the ears. With a unique mixture of black metal influences with old-school thrash metal and dissonant scales put into the mix, “The Final Sin” is sure to tickle the fancy of anyone looking for something new that really packs a punch. Songs like “Debaptized,” “The Anthem of the Final Sin,” and “When the Last Bell Falls Silent,” feel tribal and uplifting in their delivery and the crispness of their production. Not only does this record have all great tracks front to back, but it always feels like you find something new upon each listen. The first listen you don’t even notice how fast the album speeds by, but then you listen deeper and deeper and find all the intricacies of each song.

What makes “The Final Sin” so memorable and unique is the incorporation of black metal and thrash metal into one. Generally, the terms “blackened death metal” or “blackened deathcore” are thrown around with bands; they have the ambiance and violence mixed into one great release, but Irdorath bring the Dark Funeral gloom with the Kreator speed and harmonies. One thing that “The Final Sin” is going to do is translate fantastically live. The lights, the waves of people urging to kill each other, all at the hands of a modern masterpiece of a record. The albums takes the listener through a descent into madness and by the end, the tension is relieved and you’re ready to jump back in and start swinging.

FFO: Kreator, Dark Funeral

Rating: 9/10