Vastatum - Mercurial States of Revelation (2022)


Unleashing the perfect mixture of atmosphere and crushing aggression, today we have newcomers Vastatum and their debut full-length release “Mercurial States of Revelation”. Hailing from Canada, this duo has crafted a very unique mixture of old-school Scandinavian Black Metal with a modern and melodic twist that needs to be heard.

Opening with the momentum builder “Nascent Mother of Night”, the listener is treated to an enveloping atmosphere led by melodic guitar riffs and sinister malice. The eerie mixture of clean and harsh vocals greatly enhances the atmosphere, creating a cavernous vibe similar to The Ruins of Beverast alongside a more straightforward instrumentation. This whirlwind experience is masterfully carried forward on pieces like the “Fall With Seclusion” and the devilish “Mortal Abrogation”.

Fully unraveling with the epic closer, “Upon the Dawn of Gilded Fire”, the band unchains a brilliant barrage of piercing guitars alongside atmospheric and melodic components, bringing this release full circle and leaving the listener wanting more. The only fault we can see in this promising debut release is that it is too short, but it certainly generates expectations for future music of this outfit. Overall, “Mercurial States of Revelation” is one hell of a powerful release that you do not want to miss out on.

Band: Vastatum Album: Mercurial States of Revelation

Label: Avantgarde Music

Release: February 11th, 2022

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Genre: Black Metal

Country: Canada

Rating: 92/100

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