Norway's Ragnarok have returned with a new recording which continues the traditional Norwegian style of black metal from previous releases and this is a review of their 2019 album "Non Debellicata" which was released by Agonia Records.
Heavy riffing and high pitched black metal screams start off the album while the riffs also add in a decent amount of dark sounding melodies. When the music speeds up tremolo picking and blast beats can be heard which also gives the songs more of a raw feeling and the music is very heavily rooted in the Nordic style.
When guitar solos and leads are utilized they are done in a very melodic style along with the songs also adding in a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts. While the music has its roots in the 90's it still maintains a very modern atmosphere as well as all of the musical instruments also having a very powerful sound to them.
Some of the tracks also introduces clean playing onto the recording which also mostly mixes in with the heavier sections of the music as well as a brief use of spoken word parts on a couple of songs. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover violence, darkness, historical, Satanism and anti Christian themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Ragnarok and if you are a fan of Norwegian black metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Non Debellicata" "Nemesis" "The Gospel Of Judas Iscariot" and "Asphyxiation". 8 out of 10.