Underdark - Mourning Cloak (2016)
Some solid blackened post-rock right here, one of the best releases I’ve heard in an early 2017. Hailing from Nottingham, Underdark provide a spacey, but not slow, form of black metal that really hits the spot. Production is extremely on-point from shimmering clean guitar up and past when these guys bring the thunder. Great pans, from a studio point of view this thing is a 10/10. “Bank of Roses” comes out of the gate swinging, as busting vocals against octaved guitars flow into a swirling set of tremolo, heading further still into post-rock shimmering before a fiery finish.
“Span of Black Nihility” brings with the thunder with a full-on black attack. The heaviest of the three songs, it shows these guys aren’t afraid of going full black with a pure False-like growl. The finale of “With Bruised & Bloodied Feet” erupts with towering drums and speed before dropping into a melodic attack of crashing guitars and double layered vocals mixing low-end growl with Goteborg squeals. Great stuff!
For Fans Of; Lord Mantis, False, Mare Cognitum, Spectral Lore