Many black metal bands come and go, most we don’t even know that they have broken up or anything. The worst is when a band we love announces their break up with nothing to leave us with. Thank goodness Finland’s majestic black metal group Alghazanth did not do that. With their eighth and final album Eight Coffin Nails, they left all their listeners in probably the most perfect way any band could. I could honestly end this review right here saying that this is the band’s best work to date and almost hands down the best symphonic black metal masterpiece released to date but I won’t do that to you all.
Formed in 1995 and announcing their split just last year, this was the perfect swansong to send into the night. After seven previous releases, this seemed the most emotional, epic and crisp release seen from the group. Five years after the release of The Three-Faced Pilgrim, Eight Coffin Nails was released March 31st of last year through Woodcut Records. Alghazanth has been a bit of an underestimated and undervalued band with a very distinct sound, style and personality. The name of the new album actually fits perfectly, because with this eighth album they’re burying the band forever. Each track is exactly what any old fan would expect from them. The balance of cold tremelo riffs layered with melodic keyboards on each track plus the screams of vocalist Thasmorg are just beautifully executed. The track Aureate Water also includes the use of a choir to add to the band’s coined “majestic black metal” sound.
There is not a single part of this album that any black metal fan could call a flaw or say they did not enjoy. Eight Coffin Nails is a masterpiece inside and out. It is equal parts melodic, dark, epic, chaotic and beautiful. If you are either an old fan or someone just hearing the name of Alghazanth, this album is perfect for you. This is the perfect way to close that eternal chapter known as Alghazanth.
Overall Score: 9.5/10
Review by Neil Andersen