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Y'ha-Nthlei : Vol 2: You Dared Challenge The Great Old Ones. You Will Fall Into The Abyss

Lovecraftian Funeral Doom with an Italian twist and flair: Y'ha-Nthlei offer a powerful sophomore.

Italy never ceases to amaze me when it comes to unique Doom Metal bands. They have so many Power and Black Metal bands that when they do produce something remotely Doom Metal related it's usually pretty good. From Urna to Arcana Coelestia to Forgotten Tomb to (EchO), Europe's one time rulers have once again given the world of Doom something to rejoice about. That being the Lovecraft inspired Y'ha-Nthlei.

Despite being a mouthful to say, I thoroughly enjoyed Y'ha-Nthlei's debut album, 'Vol I. The Night Opens On The Brink Of The Abyss' when I first heard it. It's such a strange and enthralling album. The production was terrible with some parts being far quieter in the mix than others but ultimately it was a success. It was slow, dark and generally weird in its arcane nature. Not too dissimilar from the antagonist of a Lovecraft story. I couldn't really find a direct sound-a-like, but there are vague Thergothon similarities and that's probably due to their lyrical content versus the actual music.

Five years later the band, now reduced to a single member, released the much anticipated follow-up to 2012's debut. Instantly this is a very different animal. The music is bigger and more structured. The mixing was also done professionally as you can hear everything perfectly. The music is more direct but still manages to keep the weirdness of the debut. In short, this has just about everything.

The music is much heavier than the debut too, with cavernous growls rolling atop dirge heavy riffs. The simplistic and perhaps somewhat expected drumming really helps to accentuate each forbidden notes we hear within. But with all of the updates it did lose some of what made the debut so good. The esoteric nature of the music - that almost ritualistic feel - is utterly absent. This album is by no means ordinary, but it still isn't as reality altering, either. There's too much modernity in this release and therefore it's arguably less than its predecessor. Still, it is a very good album.

Really, I don't know if you'd be better off summoning Yog-Sothoth or perhaps Shub-Niggurath with this music, but if you play it loud enough I'm certain some unspeakable horror will spare your life for it. Therefore if you're a fan of avant-garde doom with a penchant for Lovecraftian themes this band easily ranks up there with Fungoid Stream, Thergothon and Tyranny. But like those bands it is an enigma unto itself. This is a band to watch.

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Reviewer's rating: 9/10


Tracklist :
1. Deep Wounds
2. From The Ravines Of The Deep
3. Degrado Cosmico
4. The Cries Of The Soul
5. The Doors Of Infinity

Duration : Approx. 48 minutes

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Reviewed on 2018-12-02 by Doom_Guy
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