Permafrost are a band from Germany that has been featured before in this zine and plays a very raw and melodic form of satanic black metal and this is a review of their 2019 album "I Challenge The Light Of God" which was released by Darker Than Black Records.
Tragic sounding keyboards start off the album along with a brief use of whispered vocals as well as introducing melodic guitar leads onto the recording and after the intro the music goes into a heavier direction. During the faster sections of the music a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats can also be heard which also gives the songs more of a raw feeling.
Vocals are mostly grim sounding black metal screams while the riffs also add in a decent amount of melody. Semi Melodic vocals can also be heard in some parts of the music along with some clean playing also being added into certain sections of the recording and the songs also add in a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts.
Some of the riffs also add in a decent amount of palm muting which also gives the songs more of a heavier edge as well as a touch of thrash metal and as the album progresses a brief use of acoustic guitars can also be heard along with a couple of tracks being very long and epic in length, one of the songs is also an instrumental. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover Satanism, Left Hand Path, Darkness, Apocalyptic and Blasphemous themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Permafrost and if you are a fan of raw, melodic and satanic black metal, you should check out the album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Dreaming On" "The Burning Children Of Moloch" and "Lord Of The Apocalypse". 8 out of 10.