Endezzma might not be the most prolific or well-known Norwegian black metal entity in existence, but the sheer quality of the songwriting and the raw power of this harsh and twisted musical odyssey of theirs entitled The Archer, Fjord and the Thunder could change all of that.
Comprised of ten compositions that offer both hooks and surprises, The Archer, Fjord and the Thunder is a highly interesting take on the genre and I think this skilled outfit has succeeded in conjuring something dark and punishing that harbors some of the more traditional and conventional traits of what is usually associated with black metal while simultaneously taking several unexpected turns throughout where one kind of goes ”What the fuck just happened?”. In that sense, Endezzma’s new record feels both familiar and adventurous, which is a huge compliment and not necessarily something that a whole lot of other bands out there would be capable of pulling off in such a confident manner as is the case here.
From blistering and sinister to majestic and brooding, The Archer, Fjord and the Thunder is a captivating listen and riddled with exceptionally cool nuances and wicked textures. It does require a bit of time and patience on the part of the listener, but trust me when I say that once you have spun the disc five or six times, everything will fall into place and make sense. Apart from the stunning artwork, this album is musically impressive and beautifully arranged – and easy to admire.
he Archer, Fjord and the Thunder is out now via Dark Essence Records.