Kolossus are a solo project from Italy that plays a very melodic form of viking black metal and this is a review of his 2020 album "The Line Of The Border" which was released as a joint effort between Satanath Records and The Ritual Productions.
Clean playing starts off the album along with some melodic viking vocals a few seconds later before going into a very fast and raw musical direction which also adds in a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats. All of the musical instruments also have a very powerful sound to them.
The riffs also add in a great amount of melody while spoken word parts can also be heard at times. Grim black metal screams are also a very huge part of the recording along with the songs also adding in a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and a great portion of the tracks are very long and epic in length.
When guitar solos and leads are utilized they are also done in a very melodic style along with the acoustic guitars adding in elements of folk music w hen they are utilized. Spoken word parts and whispers can also be heard briefly on a couple of tracks as well as the music also having its atmospheric moments, the album also closes with an instrumental. The production sounds very professorial while the lyrics cover Northern Lands And Gods. Afterlife mysteries and Religious Conflicts.
In my opinion Kolossus are a very great sounding melodic viking black metal solo project and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Fog" "Journey" and "Norge". 8 out of 10.