Keep Of KalessinKatharsis

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✦✦✦✧ The good news is that this album is a clear progression from 2015’s Epistemology, more cohesive, anthemic, and self-assured. It’s a barnburner of a symphonic black metal album, one where musicianship (largely that of Obsidian, naturally) is showcased in a way not normally heard in this genre. The bad news isn’t all that bad: this album is maybe one track longer than it needs to be. Or maybe a couple of tracks are two minutes too long. Not a bad price to pay, for arguably the band’s best album in over a decade.

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