Kingdom of Nothingness By Onur Önok
Zifir has existed for more than a decade in the far confines of the underground, releasing two full-lengths and one split album with Cult Of Erinyes. Now, with their third album ready to be unleashed via Duplicate Records, the Turkish two-piece has crafted a unique piece of darkness. Skillfully blending eastern and Scandinavian influences into their very own sound, Zifir evokes haunting imagery within the listener’s mind. Having carefully honed their craftsmanship over the years, they have effortlessly created an album that is diverse without losing its sense of direction. The occasional sacral chanting adds a unique flavour whilst the organic production lends the album a timeless quality. As opposed to the standard “hail Satan” perspective, lyrically ‘Kingdom Of Nothingness’ is a condemnation of all manmade religion, seen from a Turkish view. Several songs, like album highlight ‘769’ deal with actual events, or rather horrors that took place in the name of religion. With ‘Kingdom Of Nothingness’, Zifir deliver one of the truly stand-out black metal releases of 2017. The beast has awoken. LP and CD out September 22, 2017. CD and digital versions (Bandcamp) will include exclusive bonus track.
‘Kingdom of Nothingness’ was written between 2012-2016 and was finally released by 2017 September through Duplicate Records of Norway. The album includes 13 tracks and 49 minutes of Black Metal madness. The whole album with its artwork and lyrics carry a message. In general, it is, anti-religion. To be more specific, the artwork represents the moment where followers of the prophet find themselves in a dead by end facing the idols. I think black metal has many parts that can fit into art. But surely there is more than this. In black metal lyrics, you find philosophy, literature, some form of science and the music for sure.
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