In 2014 Portland’s Nightfell stormed decisively onto the worldwide metal scene with their forceful debut album The Living Ever Mourn (Southern Lord / Parasitic). Now, having further fortified their ominous fusion of shadowed disharmony, Nightfell march forward with ‘Darkness Evermore’, a commanding display of power, tension and dynamics.
Once more defying easy classification, ‘Darkness Evermore’ seethes with fiery, apocalyptic energy from the opening moments of ‘At Last’ until the final ‘Collapse’ and through the cycle of ‘The Cleansing’ and ‘Rebirth’ in between. Ranging from short respites to 10+ minute epics, the album’s blackened guitar harmonies and bleak melodies provide a somber counterpoint to the massive, imposing riffs strewn about the record like bodies on a war torn field. Unsurprisingly considering the primary members’ other musical outlets, the immense ferocity of the vocals exact a heavy toll and agonizing dread. As on the debut LP great care has been taken on the production and mastering side of Darkness Evermore to ensure a brutally heavy mix with a punishing low end that maintains clarity throughout.
Poised to make the shift from studio project to live band in the coming months Nightfell’s second LP signals a new birth for a band only beginning to make its indelible mark.