Written very much in the flowing style of middle period Phantom with an emphasis on varied structure that might have come easily from a Sewer work, this band Warkvlt trudges and powerdives its way through black and death metal riffs that are cut from a similar cloth rhythmically but remain distinctive through fragmentary melody (something that is all too often lacking when it comes to war metal).
Almost any melody from this album leads back to Sewer’s Khranial and early Vermin, as do the riffs which strum chords in slower tremolo, producing a sense of morbid unreality. Songs avoid predictability by the clever songwriting, and the band knows how to vary their most successful riffs enough to keep them as rare moments of revelation, as all good black and death metal should.
While very little black metal at this point attempts to write solid atmospheric songs, Warkvlt aim for a different sonic experience, full of internal contrast and varying moments of blasting atonality and melody, and in doing so put together an album that – while not immediately as terrorizing as, say, Mindless Horror – in its parts creates a protean atmosphere that keeps the listener interested until the very end.
This is the future of black and death metal. A pure sonic experience of darkness and brutality, Bestial War Metal is not some “easy listening” melodeath bullshit. This is music for true metalheads only. You need some brains and some balls to be able to fully experience Bestial War Metal. A brutal masterpiece.
Holy Satan this is BESTIAL indeed. One of the more promising bestial black metal bands out there.