Saidan
Onryo II: Her Spirit Eternal


4.5
superb

Review

by Gary STAFF
May 26th, 2022 | 198 replies


Release Date: 2022 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Black metal which is so punk, so epic, and so "feel good" at once.

One of the most interesting things to note about the Nashville’s black metal duo’s output is the theme of their project: Japanese horror folklore. Also, there is one more thing which must be highlighted at the beginning: the fact how amazingly good riff-crafters they are! The latter info might be a bit less surprising for those who know that a “half of” Saidan equals to Vampirska, an excellent melodic USBM solo band, also the band’s other half comes from the heavy riffer metalcore band, Of Serpents. This teamwork turned out to be quite fruitful, since Onryō II: Her Spirit Eternal is already the second full-length in the band’s quite young (circa two years old) discography, and in my opinion they’ve already had some level ups in terms of quality.

Saidan’s latest has a very in medias res start, and ensures the listener’s urge to listen through the entire album right in the first minutes. Precisely, the overwhelmingly majestic riff orcane first track, ”Kissed by Lunar’s Silvery Gleam” opens the album - and it comes with an absolute earworm solo too! Onryō II... runs on very fast, overly melodic riffs (with a really punkish edge) submerged into a mystical, but strangely “feel good” atmosphere - interestingly, synths play only a minor role in the atmosphere-building here. On the “feel good” part I mean how strangely uplifting the album is (lots of major chord melodies here), but Onryō II... doesn’t rely on that much on utilizing the usual blackgaze toolset to become catchier and more “blissful”. Instead: blending more punk into the soundscape was the key, …and it actually works! The album slows down only at its acoustic interlude track, ”Kate”, which brings some clean vocals and gentleness into the general soundscape. It was a very logical decision, since leaving a two minutes long rest had a really positive effect on the listening experience, in my opinion. The good production also had a good impact on the general flow, the guitars are loud, the drums, vocals and the additional synths are more in the background, so technically they went for the “just let it riff, man” motto, which perfectly suits this style.

Have you ever wondered about how a Windir / Ghost Bath / (modern era)...and Oceans crossover band would sound? Probably not, but you also probably don’t know how much you need such a band in your life! Any fans of melodic black metal won’t be disappointed by this release, and I believe the future is bright for this talented duo.



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3.9
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Comments:Add a Comment 
garas
Staff Reviewer
May 26th 2022


8119 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Check it out: https://linktr.ee/Saidan.USBM

pizzamachine
May 26th 2022


27395 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Black metal/punk with synths? This I gotta hear.

garas
Staff Reviewer
May 26th 2022


8119 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Just a little bit synthy here and there!

necropig
May 26th 2022


7424 Comments


I ordered the vinyl of this. Will hold off till it arrives before giving this a listen

Slex
May 26th 2022


16801 Comments


This is so awesome so far

TheSpirit
Emeritus
May 26th 2022


30304 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I think their debut is better but this rules

bludngorevidal
May 26th 2022


396 Comments


excellent stuff, best black metal record I've heard this year.

Slex
May 26th 2022


16801 Comments


This is so so good

DarkNoctus
May 26th 2022


12239 Comments


first listen: ghost bath done right, loving this

Essence
May 26th 2022


6701 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

that's exactly what i said when i heard this

ChoccyPhilly
May 26th 2022


13636 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ngl this is pretty sweet

Laen
May 26th 2022


879 Comments


Riffs hard

WatchItExplode
May 27th 2022


10480 Comments


Sounds awesome! Looking forward to it

Dewinged
Staff Reviewer
May 27th 2022


32073 Comments


This sounds VERY interesting, will definitely check.

zaruyache
May 27th 2022


27530 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this one is definitely more ghost bathy but the first one is unmistakably LEECH-worship and I demand everyone acknowledge this.

pizzamachine
May 27th 2022


27395 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This ain’t bad but not like OMG pls make out with me

Space Jester
May 27th 2022


11143 Comments


weeb metal huh

pizzamachine
May 27th 2022


27395 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Body pillow metal

Koris
Staff Reviewer
May 27th 2022


21423 Comments


For some reason I thought this was gonna be a Johnny review

Good writeup though Adam! The concept for this project seems pretty cool, I'll check it out in a bit

zaruyache
May 27th 2022


27530 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

band rips ye



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