Quite a lot of long winters have passed, the world was waiting with anticipation but the Norwegian reigns of the dark tower asked for a lot of passion from their peoples. With a bang, "In sorte diaboli" ends the wait and presents Shagrath, Silenoz and their fellows from a gloomy, powerful as well as intoxicatingly catchy side of theirs. This album immediately puts a spell on you. Each single song is a delicious gem that only feeds the greed for more. "In sorte diaboli" provokes dangerous soundscapes, atmospheric passages cut through the hammering drum salves and screaming guitars. Above all this Metal power, the hateful voice of Shagrath is resplendent, sometimes, like in "The invaluable darkness", framed by female vocals or mystic choirs. This majestic album sets free dark energies that you can only bow down for.