Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Kataxu - Hunger of Elements

Genre: Symphonic Black Metal
Country: Poland
Year: 2005
Label: Supernal Music

This is one of those albums that has you slack-jawed in awe throughout your first listen. With Hunger of Elements, Kataxu presents massively epic black metal of the absolute highest echelon, sporting a cool, stardust-shrouded production through which beautiful crystalline symphonic keyboard arrangements wander, plummeting and transcending, enveloping the listener in its unique sonic landscape and not letting go until the final track fades into the distance. There is a very 'cosmic' atmosphere to Hunger of Elements; I can't help but imagine nebulae and galaxies drifting by (or careening past, depending on the song), and I've never heard another album that quite captures the same feelings and imagery as this one does. Mandatory listening for anyone who likes tastefully executed and colossally epic keyboard-based symphonic black metal. Breathtaking.

For fans of Emperor, Obtained Enslavement, Limbonic Art, and Odium.

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