Dark Funeral – Where Shadows Forever Reign

darkfuneralnewalbum  When you say Dark Funeral, people immediately know you’re talking about black metal royalty. Whether it be their first record or their more recent releases, this band has been at the forefront of the unholy army charging the way for the rest of us as we jam along. And as if things couldn’t get any better from this Swedish group they dropped “Where Shadows Forever Reign” on us and to sum it up in a nutshell . . . it’s simply a modern black metal work of art. This is also one of the best, if not the best, album that Dark Funeral have ever put out as it takes everything that they’ve become known for over their 20+ years of experience and increases the levels of awesomeness by three million percent to give you this magnificent album that is staggering to say in the least. All nine tracks of off “Where Shadows Forever Reign” are filled to the absolute brim with riffs and rhythms that just make you want to head bang along and then the trade mark vocals get you going all the more as everything just fits together so amazingly well that I can’t help but applause this album as a whole. This is the definitive pinnacle of anything “kvlt” if I’m to make any sort of wild assumptions today, and I feel very comfortable saying that because Dark Funeral truly knocked it right out of the park with this album and somehow made the end result the most exciting and enjoyable album I’ve ever heard from them bar none. “Where Shadows Forever Reign” sounds much like Dark Funeral’s debut album as well and not so much as the more recent releases, so if you’re someone like myself who likes the sound of the first album more than any other release from Dark Funeral then you are going to have one hell of a time with this album I can promise you. This record is a wondrous piece no doubt about it and if you listen to just the opening track alone then you’ll see that Dark Funeral have not lost a shred of their talent in the last seven years since their last full length album, and it’s easy to call “Where Shadows Forever Reign” one of, in not the, strongest black metal albums of the year so far. It’s extremely awesome in every single way and is almost without a doubt the essential Dark Funeral album.

You can buy “Where Shadows Forever Reign” via iTunes here, and stream the record on Spotify here.

Track Listing:

  1. Unchain My Soul
  2. As One We Shall Conquer
  3. Beast Above Man
  4. As I Ascend
  5. Temple of Ahriman
  6. The Eternal Eclipse
  7. To Carve Another Wound
  8. Nail Them to the Cross
  9. Where Shadows Forever Reign