Thundra Worshipped by Chaos

Worshipped by Chaos is the second album by Norwegians Thundra, featuring the talents of ex-members of Einherjer and Enslaved and delivering a chilly blast of melodic, symphonic black metal with a chaser of classic virtuosity and Viking pub songs (if you can imagine such a thing). A periodic fusillade of metallic detonations, demonic growls and throat-wrenching screeches grounds the album in its brutal foundation, but it won’t stay put, and constantly sends out tendrils of more light-hearted melody — clean male vocals, florid orchestrations, singing guitar leads and folk-tinged diversions. The record keeps up a persuasive momentum, but its tone is never as anguished or threatening as its song titles. (Black Lotus)