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WarforgedI: Voice

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★★★☆ An intriguing debut album of progressive blackened death metal that is more surefooted than it has any right to be. Think latter-day Gorguts cross-pollinated with Fredrik Thordendal’s “Sol Niger Within.” It’s pervasively dark, ambitiously imaginative, and hugely atmospheric (in a way that feels more earned than you typically get from black metal bands these days). It’s a testament to the band that they kept my attention for the album’s full 73 minutes. A must-listen, and one of the most interesting albums of 2019.