Skaldic Art is a neophyte label
(run by FALKENBACH's mastermind, Mr. Vakyas), however at least
a couple of groundbreaking releases has been already released
under it's banners. And "Imperium Grotesque" definitely
is the most exciting among 'em. Evolving from raw and primitive
Norse-inspired black metal represented on their early demo works,
VINDSVAL managed to transform it into highly innovative, idearich,
polyphonic kind of metal art. Fortunately it's still black metal,
however not your typical DIMMU BORGIR copycat or whatever. "Imperium…"
features enigmatic, versatile and diverse material, with a solid
dose of synth lines, although guitars is what these guys make
emphasis on. As to keyboards, Berzerk must be a really talented
composer and musician, at least judging by the enrapturing instrumental
piece this CD comes with. Well, all in all, "Imperium…"
nearly a genius work with no goddamn drawbacks to be discovered,
consequently: HIGHEST RECOMMENDATIONS.