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Review: Endarken – Tvoj je hram u srcu mom

by Miloš Šebalj

Endarken – Tvoj je hram u srcu mom

  1. Šta vrede oči kada um je slep
  2. Tvoj je hram u srcu mom
  3. Alfa i omega
  4. Oda njemu
  5. The old ones awakening
  6. Ja, sve i svja
Label: Blackest Ink Recordings
Date: April 19, 2018

​As with the original brainchild of Nekrst (the mastermind behind these two bands), we are talking about Black Metal. Raw Black Metal to be exact. Now, don’t take this description as a definitive one, especially because it was tainted over the years by all sorts of primitive Darkthrone wannabes. This is far more than that!Welcome to Endarken’s debut album! Well, sort of a debut. Endarken is the new creation of the same mind responsible for Samrt, an already well-known Serbian Black Metal act. This is the first recording of Endarken, however one cannot but notice the similarities connecting the two bands.

Endarken, first and foremost, manages to capture the essential dark atmosphere, and manages it with style! Deeply rooted in traditional Black Metal riffs, and fast rhythms, this band upgrades their songs by implementing versatile lead parts, and even guitar solos at places. Their songs are skillfully arranged (sort of expected from an experienced musician), and do not fall in the usual traps of monotony. A lot of credit for that goes to the rhythm section of the band, where you can easily spot even the bass lines, and the amazing drum work that easily creates transitions between parts of the songs. The biggest surprise of this release comes in the vocal department, because it seems Nekrst’s voice comes somewhere between the classic Black Metal screams and desperate shrieks. Believe me, it sounds absolutely perfect. Understandable as well, though most of the lyrics are in Serbian language, so that fact will not make too much difference if you are not from these lands.

Speaking of lyrics, we are back to traditional Black Metal topics. Satanism reeks from almost every line of text on this album. That just might be the biggest difference between Samrt and Endarken, because Samrt was more on the misanthropic side of things. Not to say there isn’t a misanthropic twist on “Tvoj je hram u srcu mom”, because there is, but the majority is dedicated to his infernal majesty. And again, the lyrics are in Serbian language, except song number 5, but I must say they are well composed and arranged, so that they add another layer to this CD.

I can’t say for sure what the future has in store for Samrt. What I can say is that Endarken seems to be a logical continuation of their creator’s work. This album will officially be released in about a month, so you need to wait a bit before getting it. But trust me, it will be worth the wait!

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