Posthum – Lights Out (Indie Recordings)

Black Metal Crossover.

One of these days when researching about Progressive Rock from the 1970’s I came across a term “crossover progressive”. So, does that mean that Gentle Giant joined forces with DRI? Hahahah Absolutely not!

The matter of fact is the band in question Trettioariga Kriget (from Sweden) was a crossover between all the styles of prog metal from the beginning of that decade.

This is what happens to Norwegians Posthum. But how to classify a band that ranges from the pure unrelenting cold blackness of Mayhem to melody of Borknagar and Enslaved?

Their sound unites all the various schools of Norwegian black metal (even if you disagree what the Norwegian scene is about)

For example, in the song Scarecrow - although not the most sophisticated song of the album - you can easily relate it to what Isahn does nowadays, while in the song Red the feeling of old Satyricon reeks from  the speakers with Viking riffs.

The band has something of the melancholy of Burzum and the aggressiveness of Mayhem, being straight but not boring.

Sometimes, though, they manage to be melodic, but hey, this is not shoegaze gibberish, this is solid Scandinavian music.

In the song Absence, they sound like a sadder and simpler Enslaved (mainly from the Below the Lights era). The phrases are long enough to not be purely classified as Prog-something, and the changes of tempo are restrained.

Resiliant reminds me of Sarke (which I adore) and just for this deed this song was chosen by me as the best in the opus.

On the next song Down on Blood, the band manages to merge the violence of old Immortal and something of Emperor.

I could spend my time citing all the important black metal bands from the Fjordlands but what Posthum simply does is to walk to and fro between the past and the present.

I should have said a million times before that the band “X” should be the next thing from Norway, but let’s contextualize: Posthum is the new pattern of black metal from Northern Europe. As some of their peers like Lakei, Blodhemn, Sarke or the “new” Ennslaved they are forging a new cadre in the scene of the cold lands, and it seem to be the point of no return. Given the ability of such scene to renew itself, it’s a more than welcome movement. Posthum is the centre of this vortex.

Lights Out is out now on Indie Recordings.