It's already largely known that such a big country as Russia is, they also have a high quality Metal scene over there that has produced many great sounding acts for many years already, truly worth our attention. That list is basically endless, so without starting any somewhat unnecessary name bombardment about any of these Russian top quality Metal names, let's concentrate on this 3-piece act out of the vast Russian Metal scene instead - a band named DARGONOMEL. Technically speaking, this act was formed in 2006 and existed about 4 years under the SUBTERRA DE MORT moniker - and even getting one album out titled "Ultimatum" by that name. In 2011 the band name was changed to SAKKATH, and pretty much during the same year, they finally ended up taking the DARGONOMEL name for themselves, which they have been using ever since. "Varkulama" is their first 11-song official record, and I must tell you DARGONOMEL's own fusion of Black and Death Metal is catapulted out in one hell of an entertaining package on this very hate-filled and dark record. To get some facts straight as for starters, DARGONOMEL represent that end of extreme Metal bands that anything - ANYTHING really, could be possible for them in the future if some lucky stars were meant to be turned for an ideal position for them. I guess it could be said that only the sky above us, is a limit for them. I mean, if bands like the Polish BEHEMOTH and VADER have both make things big for themselves over the years, nothing should stop DARGONOMEL to enter a bigger international league with this top-notch blackened Death Metal either. Musically, DARGONOMEL's own song compositions do reach the same quality level as can be found from either some of BEHEMOTH's or VADER's latest offerings. In fact, in many ways the Russian DARGONOMEL do remind me of those two powerful Polish war tanks as far as their intense, very atmospheric and amazingly well composed Black / Death Metal is concerned - spiced with some progressive and experimental elements that originally the Jerusalem based MELECHESH have become known for using on their latest albums without reservation. What "Varkulama" is first and foremost, it's definitely one of the most outstanding, most powerful, most idea-rich and most carefully crafted extreme Black / Death Metal albums released in 2013. I was totally blown away when I heard it for the very first time - probably because at first I really didn't expect much out of it at all. DARGONOMEL deserve to become more known around in the every corner of the world, as they truly represent the highest quality of whole Black / Death Metal genre. This stuff definitely has lotsa potential smoking value to it - and big time even!
Behemoth and company move over, today we have Russia’s Dargonomel and their devastating Black/Death Metal debut release “Varkulama”. Delivering over 45 minutes of crushing music, this band has enough power behind their sound to blow the competition away. Filled with hate and brutality, the 11 tracks presented in this release are relentless and uncompromising. Opening with two songs with atmospheric intros titled “Leviathan retributive” and “From the void this is beyond”, this Russian three-piece delivers unrivaled waves of brutality. Focusing on aggressive riffs, lush drumming, and brutal hate-filled vocals, tracks like “Varkulama” showcase their aggressive power and superior execution skills. The tracks are filled with powerful Death Metal riffs, enough to please any of the genre’s most demanding fans. Switching between tracks that need intros, and others that just blast away at the listener, “Varkulama” is one very well balanced album that showcases the band’s strengths and avoids being linear at all costs. Some of our favorite tracks in this release include the terrifying “Discrowned”, the punishing “Ave incanus”, and the monumental “Under the bleeding sign” - a very intricate and well-crafted instrumental piece. As the album draws to a close with the chilling “Adventum Execratum” and the crushing bonus track “Let the beast out”, we can’t help but wonder how much can this band improve in the future. With a commanding debut full-length, the pressure is on to create an even more powerful and devastating release next. If you like Behemoth and Black/Death Metal releases that have a very solid production with brilliant execution, be sure to get yourself a copy of this release.
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