BLACK HOWLING (pt) - Return of Primordial Stillness
One of the oldest and most prolific bands in the Portuguese black metal underground, BLACK HOWLING have built up a staggering body of work of unparalleled anguish and misery. By no means strictly "depressive suicidal black metal," the duo's aesthetic often runs parallel to DSBM but fortunately evades all the usual cliches of such. More importantly, BLACK HOWLING's commitment to an unapologetically raw soundfield yet suffusing that misery 'n' anguish with a remarkably accomplished melodicism has largely shaped the modern Portuguese black metal paradigm that has received so much international fervor in recent years. Now, after three years of silence, BLACK HOWLING return with Return of Primordial Stillness, a compact-yet-massive distillation of their enduring aesthetic. Comprising four tracks in an epic 40 minutes, Return of Primordial Stillness indeed sounds primordial and indeed invokes a crypt-like stillness.