Country: France
Title: Symposium of Torments
Label: Epictural Production
Year: 2017
Style: Black Metal

This French band is active since 2011, and here we have their second full-length album, a 10 tracks work clocking a bit over 45 minutes of playing time. From the first track the listener gets that the main "character" here are the guitars, the amount of clever guitar leads and their expressivity are the very core of Karne's music, or better said the guitars say the story here and make it easy to the listener to understand and even identify itself in it. The drums are good but not overly impressive, maybe only through the sheer intensity they lead the music with. The vocals are less versatile than I think this music deserve although it's quite clear the vocalist is trying his best throughout, but maybe that's not enough, a few other types of vocals or even some guests would have made this work even more interesting and offering. The major problem here from my point of view is the production, quite grainy for my taste, it feels like you're listening a radio program but you're tuning is not perfect so you also get a bit of static along the way, or at least that's my impression, which is too bad for the fantastic level the guitars set inhere. All in all I will definitely revisit it, it's a strong release with plenty to offer and again I have to mention the excellent guitar work which alone makes it well worth your checking, so make sure you give this one a try.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 8.5/10