Photo By Kuggur & Laura Diamond
Katla drew direct comparisons to drummer Guðmundur Óli Pálmason's former band, Sólstafir, with their 2017 debut. Musically, an identity was needed. With Allt þetta helvítis myrkur, however, Pálmason and co-conspirator Einar Thorberg (all other instruments/vocals) have found their niche through the dynamic use of disquiet offset by a rich cinematic vastness that would complement a soundtrack by the much-missed Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson. A truly resounding production elevates ominous movements formed out of Thorberg’s heartrending vocals, doom, black metal, post-punk, drone and the foreboding tones of horror folk scores. This immersive and moving LP will drag you into pure Icelandic darkness.