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Brundarkh – ‘Haunted Worlds’ EP

Independent Release
Carach Angren, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Cradle of Filth
Release Date
October 11, 2021
Independent Release
Symphonic/Melodic Death Metal

The world of high fantasy is dominated by power metal bands and usually, you can find Blind Guardian tucked up by the fire reading ‘The Silmarillion’ for the thousandth time. But what of dark fantasy? The world without the heroes, the one of necromancers, blood bathers and liches? Well, Brundarkh have you covered as they venture through the dark portal to deliver their debut EP ‘Haunted Worlds’.

                Formed by composer Heino Brand and producer Caleb Bingham, the South African duo have done their best to meld the power of melodic death metal with the soaring arrangements of symphonic metal. And it works. Yet, this isn’t the symphonic moments of corsets, falling snow and opera, this is a dark symphony, it’s Cradle of Filth, it’s Dimmu Borgir and they’re doing the danse macabre with Fleshgod Apocalypse and Carach Angren to even the dark soundtracks of video game franchises such as ‘Diablo’, ‘Warcraft’ and ‘The Elder Scrolls’. Through this medium, tracks such as ‘Bells of the Drowned’, ‘Wraith Dominion’ and ‘Tower of Blood’ are able to explore the Nazgul, the dark history of Hungary and other things that go bump in the night.

                ‘Haunted Worlds’ is an EP which is short and sweet and much like a hobbit dripping in honey, it tastes pretty damned good. Brundarkh have got themselves off to great start and it’ll be interesting to see how they tackle further releases.

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