There is something very mystical about symphonic death / black metal and it’s evident with the band Bjarm. Sparks of melody and destruction at every landmark moment within the emotions of hatred and aggression, echoing balance of both brutality and emotion, this band is the epicenter of a force which is definitely to be reckoned with, resounding with emotions varying with beautiful voices of an angel to that of the feeling of being ravaged by abominations desecrating your peaceful mind.
This album seems to bring out the flavors of both black and symphonic death metal quite beautifully. But having said that, the album ‘Imminence’ has a few chinks in its armor which cannot be overlooked either. The ominous feeling that comes with this band’s music coupled with demonic vocals from Andrey Vait that resemble damned wraiths wreaking havoc on their victims with piercing guitar work that just melds into the mix. The drumming adds the insidious atmosphere making your heart throb with the rhythm as the pace picks up mid-way through the songs. Most of all as like most symphonic bands out there, the keyboard is what sets the tone of the music. Anastasiya Angie shows much dexterity to her compositions in the songs and especially the sections where female vocals come through as though a maiden expresses her anguish and suffering causing a fissure leading on listeners to a new and unexplored cavern of music which is where the true essence of their music lies. The only drawback found in this album is that some of the songs seem to drag on compared the others and could have been a little shorter to preserve the dexterity of their music.
There are two songs in particular that peeked my interest, ‘The Nine Worlds’ and ‘Oracle’. ‘The Nine Worlds’ starts off with a bold and heavy rhythm guitar and then progresses into a fast paced and relentless combination of demonic vocals, piercing riffs, dexterous and well-structured keyboard composition finishing off the song with a destructive display of heavy riffs and fast paced drumming lead by the combination of demonic and clean vocals with the eerie presence brought out by the keyboard throughout the whole song till the end. The song ‘Oracle’ represents a more subtle but darker approach, starting off with a beautiful guitar intro leading to an ambiance set by the vocals and keyboards throughout the song complemented by the guitars and drums at certain parts that set a chasm between the dark atmosphere and pure intensity which transitions from one another continuously.
The band sets a dark and demonic touch to their music with an overwhelming intensity that fuels that nature bringing out a truly beautiful and dark tone of music. This album is a must listen for those dark fiends out there that love a good dose of devious and ominous music touched with a beautiful taste wrapped into the mix.