Black September – Into the Darkness, Into the Void Album Review0 By Rick Bakker
You’d be forgiven if upon listening to Black September’s Into the Darkness, Into the Void (Prosthetic Records 2012/09/25) you thought this band was a first generation Norwegian black metal band with slightly better production values. Black September is surely influenced by the early records of Mayhem, Darkthrone and Emperor, so fans of these classic bands should do themselves a favor and check this album out. However, despite some well executed tracks forged with excellent riffs and fast tempos, Into the Darkness, Into the Void doesn’t offer much that hasn’t been heard before in the world of black metal.
Beginning with the instrumental “Into the Darkness”, Black September display a talent for catchy riffs that also show a Slayer influence as well as the aforementioned BM bands, combining the tremolo picking with thrashy chord progressions. On tracks such as “Solitude” and “Invocation”, the band does a good job of varying the riffing and tempos just as the tracks begin to get repetitive. And mention must be made of female vocalist Jenn Pickett, as she vomits forth her guttural growls just as well as any male in black metal (though they are a bit low in the mix). The uninitiated would not be able to tell she is even a female, which is actually a huge compliment to her abilities in a very male dominated genre.
The downside to the album is the feeling of predictability as the album continues. Past the first few tracks, you’ve seen the majority of what the album has to offer. The tracks bleed together until the excellent closer “No Return”, which features some nice grooves and Slayer-esque squealing leads on the outro. But while Into the Darkness Into the Void may not reinvent the wheel, it is a solid release for fans of black metal who are no doubt starved for some quality modern bands.