Stormkeep
Tales of Othertime


4.0
excellent

Review

by Sunnyvale CONTRIBUTOR (59 Reviews)
November 22nd, 2021 | 66 replies


Release Date: 11/19/2021 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Yet another proof that an album can be awesome without being especially original

Colorado black metallers Stormkeep evidently don’t care too much about being the most inventive band on the block. After all, on their Bandcamp page they describe their 2020 EP Galdrum as a “homage to the golden age of black metal”. Tales Of Othertime , the group’s full-length debut, follows the same well-trodden path (tracing footprints in the deep snow, with freezing winds sweeping all around, naturally).

Tales Of Othertime has it all, at least all that a fan of second-wave black metal in its varied permutations could desire. There are echoes of the occult grandiosity of Emperor’s heyday, folkiness reminiscent of Windir’s take on the genre, some Immortal-esque buzzsaw riffs, and the fantastical obsessions of a band like Summoning, just to name-drop a few of the influences here. To mention these revered artists isn’t to dismiss Stormkeep’s craft though, the group has struck gold with this record, creating a set of songs which are musically engaging while also providing an atmosphere which feels as genuine and joy-inducing as the cheesy but strikingly gorgeous album artwork, which seems like a vintage black metal artifact in its own right.

Tales Of Othertime is structured in a way likely familiar to devotees of the genre, with two short interludes breaking up four lengthy black metal tracks. The interludes represent just another demonstration of Stormkeep’s mastery of their material, not only by being musically pretty but also by building up the rich atmosphere, whether it is through ambient/dungeon synth in “The Citadel” or mellow folk in “An Ode To Dragons”. None of the four heftier metal tunes disappoint either, overall presenting a tasteful blend of wintry aggression and raucous melody, with a fair amount of twists and turns, like the soaring clean vocals at the back end of “The Seer” or the fittingly epic vibes of the closer “Eternal Majesty Manifest”.

Stormkeep know what they want to do musically and they do it well. For all those music fans who want some tradition-minded black metal which calls to mind quests through mythical landscapes in midwinter (and the eventual warmth of a castle’s hearth and some mead in hand), look no further. You won’t find better in a new release.



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Sunnyvale
Contributing Reviewer
November 22nd 2021


3045 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album slaps, m/m/m/

ShadowRemains
November 22nd 2021


26701 Comments


that album cover is pure 90s bm

Hyperion1001
Emeritus
November 22nd 2021


21072 Comments


album absolutely smokes. sounds kind of like if bal-sagoth were styled more like traditional norse black metal rather than power/thrash. even the synth tracks rule

good short review. very glad staff reviewed this one.

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botb
November 22nd 2021


14905 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Members of blood incantation and wayfarer if I’m not mistaken? Record rips

Azog
November 22nd 2021


626 Comments


Best fondue party background music ever.

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Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
November 22nd 2021


15681 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

Someone say fondue?

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Sunnyvale
Contributing Reviewer
November 22nd 2021


3045 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks @Hyperion1001!



Fondue metal has been having a resurgence of late

Azog
November 22nd 2021


626 Comments


Gotta love cheese!

Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
November 22nd 2021


15681 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

More nice artwork for the year too

ShadowRemains
November 22nd 2021


26701 Comments


the denver metal scene is just top tier

garas
Contributing Reviewer
November 22nd 2021


6707 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Nice work Sunny! I really enjoyed this one.

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nash1311
November 22nd 2021


3524 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This was fun but didnt wow me

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Ebola
November 22nd 2021


4197 Comments


Listened to the first few songs yesterday and really enjoyed them. Need to finish this tonight

Leeb890
November 22nd 2021


45 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Listened to this album multiple times already. Definitely one of my favorite black metal releases of the year.

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Sunnyvale
Contributing Reviewer
November 22nd 2021


3045 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks garas! Yeah, it's great stuff.

Hyperion1001
Emeritus
November 23rd 2021


21072 Comments


the closing lead in the seer is so good omg.

zaruyache
November 23rd 2021


24695 Comments


this one's been making waves for sure in the community.

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Muzz79
November 23rd 2021


1411 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is pretty sweet but i'm OD'ing on meloblack atm. I'll give it more time, in time

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zaruyache
November 23rd 2021


24695 Comments


cheq alda instead

Muzz79
November 23rd 2021


1411 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I did but this is more my go



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