On their 12th full-length album, Norway’s favorite spacey black metallers bring plenty of strange pagan flavor to eight tracks of mid-paced dissonance, with electronic thumpings and eerie flute sections scattered throughout the howling guitars and snarled vocals. Unfortunately, every song ends up sounding too similar, even as the band breaks, as always, from black metal’s norms. Tracks like “Root of the Mountain” and “Materal” contain the group’s signature pitch-black fluidity, but lack the direction and distinctiveness of similar tracks from previous masterpieces Below The Lights and Ruun. CHRIS KROVATIN
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