By Gareth Watkins
First comes the thesis: the first great wave of corpse-painted, church-burning, actually Satan-worshipping black metal. Then, its antithesis: guys and some girls dressed like regular guys and girls who esteem Loveless as highly as Hvis Lyset Tar Oss. Then comes the synthesis of the two, and that’s WODE. Their take on the genre is to run its history in reverse, starting with clarity both emotional and aural and using the limitless musical palette that Krallice and the late lamented Altar of Plagues draw from to make something bleak and cold, hitting that point beyond all the bullet-belts and medieval weaponry where black metal becomes both majestic and terrifying.
I would like to think that WODE will step up their release schedule after receiving the overwhelmingly positive feedback they’ve got coming. This is only their second release in five years, and this side of the Atlantic will only get 300 vinyl copies. Maybe it takes half a decade to create black metal as perfect as this, maybe this band can stay in blackened hearts and warped minds for long enough to get to where they deserve to be, and the good news is that you can help: if you like extreme music of any kind, at all, you’ll definitely need this album.WODE