Genre: Black Metal
Country: Belgium
Label: Pulverized Records
Release: 01/02/2019

Unbridled misanthropy and hatred for the human race springs with momentum from the third album of the Belgians Thronum Vrondor and the truth is that it really captivates us. “Ichor (The Rebellion)”, released by Pulverized Records last February, is an ode to the darkness of the era, yet it is their most brilliant release to date.

Musically speaking, we are dealing with basically classic Black Metal structures, where the influences from the second wave are almost obvious, while there’s a suspicion of influence from the German scene; morbid passages on the guitars, a non-stop beat on the drums (which here act as the backbone of the record), bass lines that make their presence felt and vocals from the most irritated side of hell. You could say that we have heard all this from dozens of bands and nothing sounds new to us so far. However, in order not to fall into the trap of not standing out, Thronum Vrondor embellish their compositions with (in my opinion) Avant – Garde elements, managing to create an apocalyptic, almost primitive, atmosphere, in which you feel that life as we know it comes to an end. Of course, this feeling is intensified by the themes of the lyrics that range between death and how futile our lives are. In “Ichor (The Rebellion)” we also encounter many contrasts, especially in tracks like “A Symbol of Acrimony”, where the alternations of speeds and melodies are wonderful. At the same time, there are many “smart” points, such as those moments reminiscent of recitations, moments where you want to open your arms wide so that a dark force can just lift you (“Ceremony of Atonement”), as well as moments that act as a break from the band’s aggressive, almost threatening, compositions (“… And Then The Fall”).

A truly complete album, with attention to detail. Besides, after ten years of absence, this was the only way Thronum Vrondor could return.

Recorded, mixed and mastered by SvN. Artwork concept and illustration by Thronum Vrondor and Chilean artist Daniel Valencia at Fenomeno Design (Blut Aus Nord, Demonical, Manes, etc).

5/6