Country: Finland
Title: Thanatotic Supremacy
Label: Deviant Records
Year: 2018
Style: Black Metal

Apparently this fourth full-length album from Finland's Blood Red Throne was supposed to be released at least a year earlier, but they've been through some problems with Saturnal Records so they've decided to switch to German Devian Records which finally released this material composed an recorded between 2013 and 2017, so it was probably intended as a quick followup to 2014's On Death's Wings. The 6 tracks featured here are indeed quite different one from another, but together they form an excellent whole, a fantastic discharge of Black Metal a la '90's, influenced by both the Finnish and the Norwegian scenes, quite analog sounding but also with some touches of synths here and there, with plenty of melody on guitar leads and solos, technical and expressive to the bone, a very good material. The best part of it are the guitar riffs, not simple riffs but complex, curdled and able to build and transmit actual states of mind; you'd feel like they'd be enough to tell the whole story even without reading the lyrics, and in my book that's good music I tell you. Melancholy blends with extreme fury and speed, devastating energy intertwines with despair to a point you'll be totally hooked. One of the best Black Metal releases of the year so far!
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 9/10