Panzerfaust - The Suns of Perdition II: Render Unto Eden (2020)

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The evolution of Canadian Black Metal has kept us quite intrigued in the last few years, with bands like Monarque, Forteresse, etc. delivering some of the most killer releases in the genre. Today we have Panzerfaust and their mysterious and highly atmospheric music, similar to the defunct Weapon but with their own brand of viciousness. Unraveling over 40 minutes of chaotic music, “The Suns of Perdition II: Render Unto Eden”, picks off where the band left off last year and continues their devastating path.

Leading of with the crushing “Promethean Fire”, the band creates a very oppressive wall of distortion that is further complemented by a harsh vocal duet with Masha Arkhipova from Arkona (Russia). The vicious guitars create the perfect contrast to the chaotic pace of the song. Continuing the onslaught with the ravaging “The Faustian Pact”, the band unleashes a very unique and harsh combination of intricate drum patterns and demoralizing screams. This track has a very hypnotic and ritualistic vibe that is quite hard to shake off, making it truly captivating.

As “Areopagitic” and “The Snare of the Fowler” further explore decadent and punishing soundscapes, the band slowly develops their all-encompassing sound, while creatively crafting melodic passages, furious drumming onslaughts, and overall very disturbing compositions. There is a perfect balance between atmosphere, melody, and complete destruction that the band juggles with through their long songs, making each of them a unique aural experience.

Not holding anything back, the band closes with our favorite “Pascal’s Wager”, a very atmospheric piece that is full of brutality and violent headbanging moments. Overall, “The Suns of Perdition II: Render Unto Eden” is one behemoth of a release filled with brilliantly crafted songs that will need more than a few spins to be fully digested. If you like ravaging Black Metal and are up for some atmospheric/melodic elements as well, Panzerfaust is one band you cannot miss out on.

Band: Panzerfaust Album: The Suns of Perdition II: Render Unto Eden

Label: Eisenwald

Release: August 28th, 2020

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Genre: Black Metal

Country: Canada

Rating: 92/100
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