If you like it cold, black, and somewhat pagan, get it.
Panphage is a one man act (all too common in black metal). You can feel the chill of the ocean throughout Panphage’s second album, Drengskapr. This is not the lowest of the lo-fi, but the soundscape is narrow and cold. The drums are small and chaotic. The guitars are what you would expect, a wall of treble and noise. If a storm could produce music, it would be these guitars. The vocals are dynamic and harsh. I particularly like the chorus of shouts that occasionally backs up the main vocals.
There is a melody and spirit that moves through this album, like the rhythm of the cold waves. The black metal seems melodious yet unrelenting until we hit track 4, Glamsyn. I played this track over and over. It’s eerie, peaceful, and darkly beautiful. I would buy an entire album of this and play it behind a D&D campaign.
There are some riffs which one could find repetitive, but for some reason I found myself lost in the flow. The repetition felt more like a build and then the layered vocals would take it to the next level. If you are a fan of folk black metal it is worth a listen. It’s also great for fans of Hate Forest, Drudkh, and Helheim. Listen below and let me know what you think.