US black metal has always suffered from a ‘Born Too Late’ mentality. Although Possessed undeniably had an influence on the second wave rage and bands like Judas Iscariot and Grand Belial’s Key flew the flag for Uncle Sam, the country has always been slow on the blackened uptake. Recently though Illinois has unleashed a darkened fury in the forms of bands like Nachtmystium, Avichi, Alehammer and now Black September. So, is Chicago the new Bergen?
“No,” is the sullen reply from guitarist Chris Morrow. “I don’t consider Black September a black metal band.”
That angry answer is the most black metal response we’ve heard this issue, so we’ll beg to differ, but listeners can decide what genre, if any, BS have to be tethered to after spinning new album ‘Into Darkness’, which summons a dissonance of black metal, Stockholm death metal and English crust.
“We had so many ideas going into this record,” Chris admits. “We started writing soon after the last LP was released, we wanted to start this album exactly where we left off with the last one. ‘The Forbidden Gates Beyond’ had nothing to hide. It was unrefined and to the point. We wanted to add another level of depth to that without taking away the energy that the album possessed.”
When asked what bands drove them to create this cacophony Chris reels off a mighty list, “Dead Congregation, Dissection, Ascension, early Sepultura, Venenum, Destroyer 666 and Sarcasm…” After continual spins on the Iron Fist stereo we can confirm they’ve done those acts proud.
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