For some time now, black metal and France have been an alliance that produces decidedly unconventional and very often delicious fruit. Not even Dunkelnacht, who have settled in with WormHoleDeath and are the authors of a convincing performance beyond all expectations, escape this fact. Forget, however, the experimental sounds of Blut Aus Nord and Deathspell Omega. The anomaly of the Lille quartet lies above all in their compositional versatility, which allows them to mix black with almost all the best-known metal genres: classical guitar runs alternate with industrial-style passages with frequent encroachments on deathcore, while at other junctures the melodic attitude of the best Cradle Of Filth and Dimmu Borgir intercepts the sound of the current In Flames. In short, a pout-pourri that our band manages to survive thanks to above-average technical skills, otherwise Revelatio could have become an indigestible soup. To be strict, although the combination of two different vocal tones is appreciable, the more acidic, rather filtered screaming is sometimes a little annoying, much better then the semi-growl, which further strengthens the songs. Thus, a lightning-quick guitar resting on a furious blast-beat opens the album in the best possible way after the dutiful intro, making Emergent Primitive Constellations an excellent track that comprehensively portrays the sound of the transalpine band, with tempo changes, alternations and vocals, and the feeling that something unexpected might happen at any moment; Ashes from Stellar Oracles is even more bizarre, with the guitar pouring out peculiar sounds, while the following Dissolveld Fractal Esoterism initially moves on less paroxysmal times, but it is only an illusion before the whirlwind of atmospheres risks making us lose our bearings for good: on this occasion, the use of a clean vocal that rises to the occasion proves to be appropriate. Through the Reign of Lunacy, on the other hand, is more alternative in style, while the earth-shaking Le Serment des Hypocrites, with an appropriate use of the mother tongue, ends up moving decisively towards deathcore coordinates. The title track is a brief and pleasant piano instrumental that introduces the other outbursts, Where Livid Lights Emblaze and Enthroned in the Light, until the excellent Rebirth of the Black Procession, with the lead guitar once again in evidence, before the brief noise of Post Prophetic Rebellion closes the work after three quarters of an hour, decidedly intense, kaleidoscopic, but never boring, although at times it is far from easy not to be disoriented by the constant evolutions of the quartet. Revelatio is an excellent album that will probably struggle to make its way through the flood of releases congesting the sector, but for those who want to hear more black that combines melody, ferocity and superfine technique, try to look away from the usual names, admittedly rather dull, and give Dunkelnacht a chance.
2014 – WormHoleDeath