So, I made a critical mistake while listening to Ylem: I dwelled for a few minutes on the name of the band. “Dark Fortress”, eh? What do I think of when I think of Dark Fortress? I mean, the image of a crumbling, evil castle on the top of a mountain comes to mind. The kind of castle that has a tall tower with a single light filling a window near the top. Wait a minute, am I thinking of a specific castle? Damnit! I’m thinking of Castle Dracula from Castlevania: Symphony of the Night!” And thus, my listening experience was completely skewed from then on. The musical journey of listening to “Ylem” suddenly became the quest to find and kill Dracula. I jest you not.
This album threw me for a loop. I was expecting something completely different when I popped in “Ylem”, since many Century Media artists have a blatant mixture of melody and metal. I was thinking that I was going to hear another Dark Tranquillity, maybe some Lacuna Coil, even a wee bit of Nevermore. So I was taken aback when I realized halfway through the first song that I was listening to an intense black metal album. I restarted the song and completely adjusted my mindset. READ MORE