Genre: Black/Thrash
Country: Canada
Label: Bestial Invasion Records
Year: 2022

Riotor return to studio full length releases after the 2017’s ‘Cursed Throne’ which was actually a re-recording of the 2015’s ‘Rusted Throne’ LP, so we are dealing with the first fresh material for so many years if we exclude the 3 tracks (their 4th track was a cover on Sacrifice’s ‘Forward to Termination / Terror Strikes’) on the split with Vae Victis entitled ‘An Oath of Steel’ (also via Bestial Invasion Records). Of course after so many line-up changes we should expect a slowdown in their course as it isn’t easy to handle a singer’s departure, but now it’s Mikalcoholic (previously handling also the bass duties) to stand up and be counted!

So ‘Recrudescence Of Darkness’ is the 3rd (or 4th!) album by Riotor. It opens with ‘Birth of Depravity’ a Violent Restitution inspired instrumental that send you straight to Hell of ‘United Metal Maniacs’, a raging song that grabs you from the neck. The album follows the same motif. Violent rhythms, frenetic solos, wild and fierce primitive riffs and high-pitched raspy vocals (not excellent, but definitely not monotonous) that don’t let you think twice. The barrage of riffs features some interesting and memorable ones that surely please every fan of the sub-genre. Some blasting drums are creating menacing rhythm patterns in which Black Metal is infused with a plethora of Thrash elements, always in a straight in your face logic of Desaster, Witchburner, Nocturnal and Sacrifice and aggressive guitar riffing in low-fi production. Highlights: ‘Onward to Devastation’, ‘Turning Lands to Red’, ‘Death Scythe’, ‘Matamore’ and unquestionably the epic closer ‘Devil’s Pass’, in which have a tremendous topic on its lyrics, so please try to find more about the story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident.

The Dyatlov Pass incident aka Devil’s Pass in which is also the title of an 2013’s american horror movie that was based in this incident (Russian: гибель тургруппы Дятлова, translation ”Death of the Dyatlov Group”) was an event in which nine Soviet hikers died in the northern Ural Mountains between February 1 and 2, 1959, in uncertain circumstances. The experienced trekking group from the Ural Polytechnical Institute, led by Igor Dyatlov, had established a camp on the eastern slopes of Kholat Syakhl in the Russian SFSR of the Soviet Union. Overnight, something caused them to cut their way out of their tent and flee the campsite while inadequately dressed for the heavy snowfall and sub-zero temperatures.