'Flag Of Betrayal' (single from 'Deep Drone Master')
Luke 'Loki' Milne
If you're a fan of Norwegian Black Metal then The Deathtrip's latest album 'Deep Drone Master' is likely to be something that's on your Christmas list... if you haven't bought it already.
The band's debut album was released by Finland's Svart Records on 17th November (mixed by Snorre Ruch from Thorns) and marks the culmination of some nine years of preparation from the band's members, whose roots are set as far back as 2003.
Heralding vocal talent from ex-Dœdheimsgard member Aldrahan, I had the opportunity to wrap my ears around just one of The Deathtrip's album tracks, titled 'Flag Of Betrayal'.
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I've got to be honest; Norwegian Black Metal isn't normally my go-to genre. Sure, I've had my brush with similar bands like Amon Amarth, but it's never really hit the spot for me. I can't explain why, it's just not normally something I'd whack on during my morning journey to work.
Having said, that I'm pleased to announce that I'm pretty engrossed with the little snippet of 'Deep Drone Master' I've been provided with. It's a pretty interesting affair from my point of view, as 'Flag Of Betrayal' seems to dip into the 90s era of the genre, dragging it back to the surface once more to set a healthy amount of gloom and fog over today's somewhat sectioned, "sub-genre obsessed" music culture.
Honestly, there are now so many divisions within music that it's hard to tell what the fuck is going on sometimes, so it's nice to hear something that stands defiantly against the grain, blasting in your face from the get-go as if to say "yeah, we're just Black Metal. Remember what it used to sound like? No? Well, here ya go!"
And boy, does The Deathtrip pull off its "purity" with a strong crescendo. 'Flag Of Betrayal' seems to have everything I've come to expect from a stereotypical Black Metal track; discordant, droning guitars, agonisingly choked vocals and relentless machine-gun drumming. As usual, don't be put off by the word "stereotypical".
While it's often seen as a negative comment these days I would say that in this case it actually works in The Deathtrip's favour here, serving to provide some much needed clarity. If you're looking for a Black Metal album, make NO mistake that you will get exactly what you pay for in 'Deep Drone Master'.
It's a shame I don't have access to The Deathtrip's full album at this time, as it would be interesting to hear how 'Deep Drone Master' pans out as a whole entity... especially given the fact that (as mentioned earlier) Black Metal isn't a genre I'd normally associate my music tastes with. 'Flag Of Betrayal' has certainly peaked my interest, however, so maybe I'll pick up the album for myself and give it a whirl in my own time.
I'd certainly recommend giving it a glance if you're a seasoned Black Metal veteran, and hey; if you're not, dip your toe into something a little different for once!
If you're keen to hear the track for yourself, here it is.