NightVermin are a solo project from Ireland that has had music reviewed before in this zine and on this recording plays a very raw, melodic and old school form of black metal and this is a review of his self released 2020 ep "The Flail Of Belial".
Ocean sounds start the ep before going into a very fast and raw musical direction which also uses a great amount of blast beats and tremolo picking. Vocals are mostly grim black metal screams while the music is also very heavily rooted in the 90's second wave Nordic style and the riffs also add in a decent amount of melody.
When guitar solos and leads are utilized they are also done in a very melodic style while the songs also add in a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts. Death metal growls can also be heard on a couple of track along with all of the musical instruments also having a very powerful sound to them, clean singing, spoken word parts and synths can also be heard briefly.
On this recording NightVermin remains true to the raw, melodic and old school style of black metal that he had established on his previous release. The production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics cover Anti Christianity, Satanism, Occultism and Darkness themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from NightVermin and if you are a fan of raw, melodic and old school black metal, you should check out this ep. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Weaver Of Forbidden Plots" and "The Flail Of Belial". 8 out of 10.