Album Title: Carpathian Darkness
This is the second full-length album from Dusk, a Hungarian band playing cold black metal.
The production on this one is much punchier than their first album. Most of the instruments sound closer to the listener, especially the vocals. The guitar has a great, vicious sound, and the vocals have just the right touch of reverb. The drums sound a bit distant in the mix, but they serve their purpose well.
These guys have taken a turn toward early Graveland territory with this release, with a few more pagan-styled moments. The combination of raw guitar and halting drums is a great move for Dusk. I like this band best when they're mid-paced and triumphant rather than blasting. That said, the shifting riff patterns during the faster songs are also nice, especially during "Shadows". The tortured screams at the end of "Carpathian Darkness" are another high point. "Follow the Call" is as Burzum as Burzum can be, with repetitive guitars and Vargish cries. I think I prefer their shorter songs to the long ones, though -- there's just not enough riff variation going on here to justify nine-minute tracks.
I like this album better than their last, but it's still pretty average. This is recommended if you like your black metal cold with a side order of pagan stylings, though.
Standout Tracks: "Power of Revenge", "Black Gate"