Review: Dragged Into Sunlight – Widowmaker

Rated:

4/5

To call Dragged Into Sunlight’s Widowmaker “black metal” does the album wrong. While the Liverpool quartet’s sophomore effort possesses much of the ominous atonality and despair of the subgenre, its three long-form tracks also contain the strung-out heartbreak of sludge, noise, and dark country. Opener “Part I” lacks distortion entirely, dragging its feet in a funeral march of twanging guitar and groaning violin. Followers “Part II” and “Part III” are brutal suicide dirges worthy of the Scandinavian crowd, but tinged with the American hopelessness of Cobalt and Rwake. The result: a crushing musical experience easily among the year’s best extreme-metal records. CHRIS KROVATIN

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