It is interesting how fantasy novels draw Black Metal acts to them. Yet in truth, the tune they play is no ‘proper’ Black Metal anymore, if there ever was such a thing. Their theme morphed into some type of a sub-genre already some time ago. It remains blackened in a way, but definitely boasts that standalone, plasticky sound that fans will appreciate. A fantasy-laden musical landscape that these backyard studio metal bands exploit. And produce some sort of an over-exaggerated synthesizer-driven and almost artificial sound, decorated in dry, heaving rasps that became their trademark over the years.
Yet for some reason this formula really sticks. It portrays imaginary worlds of cold magic, wonder and epic battles that seem best expressed in lo-fi sounds that emerge straight from the misty lands they depict. And by preference with the heavy-duty drum machine on full display. In a cathedral, atmospheric setting with mighty pre-programmed riffs endlessly spooling off into the misty yonder. And you never know what lurks behind that hazy curtain that they paint so aptly. [...]