Manifest of Refusal
Despite Stalwart's long history, being formed all the way back in 1999, it isn't until this year's Manifest of Ritual, the band's fourth full length album that I first hear of them. Metal hailing from Russia is a little-heard of thing personally, with the main genres being encountered are those of the black metal genre, and this makes it all the more exciting to hear what Stalwart is capable of.
On top of the usual speed and aggression that one would expect of a death/thrash metal release, Stalwart tops the listening experience of Manifest of Refusal by including a dark and heavy atmosphere in the music, and this can be heard through the usage of haunting synths not only on the opening track The Karma Circle, but also constantly throughout the album. …