Runemagick – Into Desolate Realms

It’s so satisfying to discover that there are still bands that deliver just what the fan expect. Runemagick with “Into Desolate Realms” are one of these bands because there are no surprises in the album. It runs smoothly from track to track with a monolithic Funeral Doom Metal that gray all your hair. This is an album that  shows that Runemagick have lot of  balls to show everything they really believe in because the eleven tracks of “Into Desolate Realms” go easyly and slowly at the same pace until something changes in track number 10 “Wolves of Nocturnal Light” with a sudden change of pace. Working as a bridge, an inspired guitar solo makes the as-if bridge that leads into a fast drumming to shake completely the album.

In fact, as fans know and praise, Doom Metal bands, in general, produce albums that are really monolithic, and they are really proud of that. “Into Desolate Realms” is no exception to the rule with the shoegazed and slow paced cadence. Guitars are strong and well-put just like each note had something to say. Moreover, guitars in Doom tell stories patiently as a storyteller. But make no mistake, those stories are the ones that kids used to tell around the fire to scare everyone. Fans will never be scared with “Into Desolate Realms,” but if you’re not into Doom you may find it hard to understand.

By the very first beginning, the fan notices that “Remnants of the Old” is a great piece of the most slow and shoegaze one with its guitar riffings done at the slowest rate possible. In fact, they are pretty interesting because Runemagick managed to write a Thrash Metal song the slowest as possible. Yeah, I mean it. The first riffs to “Remnants of the Old” really sound thrashy with the feeling of a galloping guitar. It’s very stunning how Runemagick manage to make a bridge into “Remnants of the Old” and the title track “Into Desolate Realms” with a fast beat guitar repetition that tricks the unadvised fan who may think ythe album is going to have a plot twist that doesn’t happen. As aforementioned the change comes only from the tenth track.

Indeed “Into Desolate Realms” is an album for Funeral Doom Metal die-hard fans.

Runemagick “Into Desolate Realms” will be released on October 25th via High Roller Records.

Track Listing:

  1. Remnants of the Old
  2. Into Desolate Realms
  3. The Opening of Dead Gates
  4. Sourceress Reburned
  5. Decay to Nothing
  6. In the Sign of the Dragon Star
  7. Necromancer of the Red Sun
  8. The Sepulchral Lava
  9. Requiem beyond the Stars
  10. Wolves of Nocturnal Light
  11. Ash and Silence

Watch “The Opening of Dead Gates” lyric video here: