Pennsylvania's Nihilistinen Barbaarisuus have returned with a new ep that continues the ambient black metal style that was established on previous recordings and this is a review of their 2016 ep "Madness Incarnate" which will be released in May as a joint effort between Symbol Of Domination Productions and Black Lion Productions.
Nature and winter sounds start off the ep before adding in guitars that use a great amount of tremolo picking that also takes the music into more of a black metal direction along with some atmospheric synths and grim screams and when the music speeds up a great amount of blast beats can be heard.
At times the music can be very depressive and after awhile melodic guitar leads start making their presence known on the recording and some songs also bring in a small amount of clean playing while growls are also added into the background briefly bringing in a touch of death metal and the music sticks to mostly a slow or mid paced musical direction while also mixing in elements of ambient and having its fast moments and they close the ep with an acoustic track.
Nihilistinen Barbaraarisus plays a style of black metal on this recording that is very raw, atmospheric and melodic while still having an ambient edge, the production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics cover arctic, freezing north and isolation themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Nihilistinen Barbaraarisus and if you are a fan of ambient black metal, you should check out this ep. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Traversing The Frozen North" and "Immaculate Deconception". 8 out of 10.