US black metal has always been met with somewhat of a raised eyebrow, like the squirty little cousin who wants to tag along with the rebellion even though his ideology is skewed and his uniform a bit too big for him. Whilst the States now boasts some very respectable outfits in this genre it does seem to have taken some time to embrace all things grim and frostbitten, which is surprising considering it’s a country with a powerful Christian right that’s ripe to rage against. It perhaps doesn’t help matters that more traditional USBM bands like Averse Sefira have never quite reached the accolades of their European counterparts and the recent descent of some of the countries biggest black metal names.
Most notably, Wolves In The Throne Room releasing an album where they appear to have accidentally leant on the most atmospheric part of their keyboard for forty five minutes
and Twilight / Nachtmystium / Krieg being embroiled in a soap opera of drugs and fraud that could have easily been avoided if Blake Judd had listened to that popular single released by the kids from Grange Hill!
So enter Nightbringer…
“Ego Dominus Tuus” is a solid black metal album. Complete with evil intent, swirling atmosphere and silly Latin title, it sounds exactly like you’d expect it to. There is a dense
mid paced riffing underpinned by a trembling lead that evokes pure darkness that’s reminiscent of Watain and Behexen. Most of the songs blur into one, but it’s an album that can easily be enjoyed in full, especially with the lights off.
It’s certainly not reinventing the wheel, if anything, “Ego Dominus Tuus” is simply a continuation of 2011’s “Hierophany of the Open Grave”, but in a genre that can occasionally bemoan progression, that isn’t really a bad thing. This is a great album that will be a welcome addition to any black metallers record collection.