Olio Tähtien Takana - Spectral Katharsis (2021)


Featuring V-KhaoZ of Druadan Forest handling all instruments and Profundus of Sargeist handling the vocals, Olio Tähtien Takana aka “Creature behind the stars” is one crushing two-man battalions ready to take over the Atmospheric Black Metal scene with their full-length release “Spectral Katharsis”. With nearly 5 minutes of superbly crafted music, this band brings back memories of bands like Tartaros and old Emperor and mixes those retro-elements with more modern Atmospheric Black Metal influences.

After the traditional atmospheric intro, “Towards The Dying Moon” instantly brings that old-Emperor circa “In the Nightside Eclipse” sound thanks to its crafty guitars and playful vocal combination. As the keyboards soar alongside the incisive riffs, we get that nice retro vibe, perfectly blending into pieces like “Excrucior” and the dramatic “A Sorcery Written In Stars”. While most bands in the genre focus on adding more fluff and ‘pretty’ up their sound with more synths and cinematics, this outfit seems more focused on the harshness and aggressiveness of their sound and we love it!

Our favorite tracks have to be the intense “Prophecies Of Pandemonium” and its mystical atmospherics perfectly paired with “Veri Kirotussa Yossa” and its deranged harsh screams alongside melodic riffing. Each track provides its own aural journey, with pieces like “The Servant's Heart”, “The Labyrinth Of Sleepless Dead”, and “Ego Aeternum” being quite diverse, aggressive, and intoxicating. The more moody and doomy nature of the album title track demonstrates extra versatility in the band’s sound, thanks to its more restrained tempo and overall devilish atmosphere.

As a whole, “Spectral Katharsis” is one hell of a diverse and engaging release filled with intricate atmospherics and punishing Black Metal foundations. The combination of V-KhaoZ instrumentation and the vocals of Profundus create a very powerful mix that is both direct and lush. Only a handful of bands can pull off similar sounding music, and most of those outfits have not been around for many years. If you like Atmospheric Black Metal with a retro/old-school vibe, make sure to check out this unique band.

Band: Olio Tähtien Takana Album: Spectral Katharsis

Label: Avantgarde Music

Release: October 29th, 2021

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Genre: Symphonic/Atmospheric Black Metal

Country: Finland

Rating: 94/100

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