Country: Finland
Title: Saatanalle
Label: Kvlt
Year: 2017
Style: Black Metal

I'm a declared fan of Finnish Black Metal, I feel like almost everything this country produces in terms of Black Metal has its distinct aura of mysticism, its unique form of melodic harmonies within all those Black Metal spiky and razor-sharp rhythms, and even if a legendary band like Azazel took into ridiculous territories with their alcohool infused performance at Steelfest, I still feel it was just an exception from the rule that this genre is and should be respected if hailing from Finland. Rienaus is lead by the abovementioned Azazel's guitarist, Mavrofos, and actually it seems like its his own offspring even if he is helped on bass and backing vocals by J.H., also a founding member. This is Rienaus' second full-length, released 3 years after its debut, and made of 7 tracks clocking almost 40 minutes of fast, expressive, melancholic and melodic yet extremely abrasive and definitely cold Black Metal music I could portray like this: think you're walking through a deep forest, in a feezing Winter night, thinking about your past while enduring the bites of the cold outside. Introspective and raw Black Metal, that's how i percieve it although I have no idea what the lyrics are about. The album starts quite shy but it turns out great by the end, a very good effort I'd say.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 8/10