One of the oldest black metal bands is breaking ten years of silenceThirty years of evil has taught Mortuary Drape to not let a note go to waste on their newest offering. The creeping chords of “Lithany” might be deemed as classic metal when compared to today’s black metal. The raspy wretchedness of the backing vocals are the one element that has the most in common with modern black metal, as the blast beats are far and few between. Instead, this album takes you back to when bands like Morbid Angel and Deicide conjured up a deadly serious devotion to the dark side. It was also a time when the emphasis was on songs rather than being an opaque wall of white noise for the sake of being heavy. These songs are crafted with the devil in the details, making every instrument count; even the vocals have more purpose than the obligatory howl younger bands now employ.