Throne Of Katarsis - An Eternal Dark Horizon (Candlelight Records) - Back
Every so often you will come across a band with the writing ability to engrave lengthy tracks. Even less often will you find one that can keep you entertained for such a length of time. With Throne Of Katarsis’ “An Eternal Dark Horizon” every track is ten minutes or longer, two are a few seconds from ten, but mind as well call I that. They use the change of pace wisely. Which is needed in rather long tracks to keep it interesting. Being that this is the bands 1st full-length album and 3rd recording overall it gets a little more impressive. Then finding out it’s a two-person group, Grimnisse (all guitars), Vardalv (drums), now you have something that can be really appreciated. Throne Of Katarsis signed with Candlelight in 2006 and the birth of this Norwegian band wasn’t far behind that back in 2003. This black mass is true Norwegian atmospheric occult black metal. “An Eternal Dark Horizon” is dynamic with passionate acoustic guitarwork, speedy guitars as black as a winters night, along with a variation of black metal groove, relentless battery with nice combos and fills, and no keyboards. At the helm are black metal vox with changing styles - screams, growls, drone, shrieks, and majestic. These five lengthy tunes and over fifty-five minutes will remind you of black metal greats like Darkthrone, Immortal, Emperor, and Mayhem’s early records. This was recorded at Black Dimension Studios (Thundra, EvigNatt), which is owned and operated by Thundra and ex-Einherjer bassist Stein Sund. He helped record, mix, and master “An Eternal Dark Horizon” with Grimnisse. Grimnisse also wrote all music and lyrics. Throne Of Katarsis’ iniquitous release will grab true black metal fans by the balls.


Reviewed By: Jeffrey D. Adkins