Runemagick – Into Desolate Realms
So it seems Runemagick is back from the dead for real this time, following up their previous album “Evoked from Abysmal Sleep” preceded by over ten years absence from the scene, after only one year!
Of course, main man Nicklas “Terror” Rudolfsson hasn’t been sleeping the days away, seemingly having a myriad of other projects on the side but to see Runemagick back on a continuous basis is really nice since they are one of the absolute mayor forces to be reckoned with when it comes to Doom metal!
The new album “Into Desolate Realms” is no exception to that, thundering away with the crushing heaviness that has been Runemagick’s trademark since they left the more traditional Death Metal of their early days and went on into the Doom/Death territory with 2003’s “Darkness Death Doom”.
Everything we are used to find on a Runemagick album is also present on “Into Desolate Realms”, the slow ultra heavy parts, the occasional outburst of faster, or at least mid tempo Death Metal, one or another wander off into the transcendental “dreamy” territory and not least, the fast tremolo picking building haunting melodies over the steady slow triplet driven riffing, backed up by Daniel Moilanens, as always simplistic but phenomenal drumming!
It’s all there but maybe this time it’s a slightly bit on the lighter side. I guess that it’s because of the fact that there seems to be more vocal parts on “Into Desolate Realms” than we are used to hear when it comes to Runemagick. This make the album seemingly, for good or bad, a bit more straight forward and at least I sometimes miss dreaming away into the dark chaotic realms of the ancient Gods, accompanied by a soundscape built on sheer heavy riffing only.
Those parts are of course still present on “Into Desolate Realms” but they seem to be a bit more sparse, letting the vocals take more place but I guess that with an album clocking in over 70minutes there is room for both.
With that said, Runemagick’s new album isn’t their best effort up to date but with a band of Runemagick’s quality you simply can’t go wrong. “Into Desolate Realms” is still a hell of a record and a must have in every doom connoisseur collection!
Title: Into Desolate Realms
Label: Highroller Records
Date of release: 25/10-19
Playing time: 70:11
Stand out track: Wolves of Nocturnal Light