As we can tell from the lyrical content and the titles themselves, Kafirun worship chaos, death and everything in between. Glorification of Holy Death has vigorous and powerful voice work, alternating mid-paced songs with moments of harshness and speed. The ominous ambience and the guitar work add a soft touch of dissonance to the sound landscape. Apart from the usual black metal formulas concerned with song structure, Kafirun add intense riffs full of hatred with great expressive value. I found their work surprising because they can unite different worlds within black metal: a more traditional approach, on a first level, and on a second level, an approach connected with depressive elements that plunge on negativity and nihilism present in sounds and words. Recommended for those looking for extreme black metal with demonic notes regurgitated ad nauseam.
With Glorification of Holy Death it’s almost safe to say that the band is well on its way to more mature releases. The entire EP is fairly consistent despite the variety of approaches used, highlighting “Wings of Malevolence” for the voice work, “Divine Self Destruction” for the gloom and “Chaos Magnum Opus” for the brutality and hopelessness.
Self-released on March 3 2015. Both the digital EP, price 5$, and the physical CD, price 10$, can be purchased through the Bandcamp player below.
1. Wings of Malevolence
2. Salvation Through Sin
3. Destruction of the Divine Self
4. Chaos Magnum Opus
5. Open Veins
Corpus Vile: Drums
Text by Vetrarnótt