COLD NORTHERN VENGEANCE
DOMINATION AND SERVITUDE
The two man black metal tandem known as Cold Northern Vengeance hail from New Hampshire, a place not usually factored into a metal equation per se, especially one of extreme proportions. Yet this unit's 10-track offering DOMINATION AND SERVITUDE does justice to aural desolation and dread, as this duo's heavy-handed delivery is bolstered by lush piano pieces ("The Black Silence"), darkwave industrial ("The By-Paths to Chaos"), moody acoustic guitars ("The Shores of New Hampshire"), and crusty bass guitar surges ("The Abraxas Trance"). Displaying a fearlessness to bend black metal's rulebook while maintaining scathing traditional tones ("A Past Forgotten", "Hidden 93"), Cold Northern Vengeance's adventurous nature invokes a break from USBM rigidity, giving this affair an edgier and earthier vibe.