Striges – Verum Veterum

Another new band to discover, international trio, Striges, and their full-length debut album, “Verum Veterum“, released through W.T.C. Productions‘ “brother label”,  Blut & Eisen Productions on October 13, 2020.

This is plain and simple old-school black metal, that will take you back to somewhere around the mid-90s. Even if the band is new for me, when doing the investigation I see that the members are not that unknown, especially bass/guitar player, Shatraug who is active in a huge number of bands, like Horna, Sargeist, Doedsvangr and more, also the drummer, LRH is active in Horna and Bythos.

If I woke up one day and could play guitars, then this is how I would like to do it. Plain black metal that is based on the guitars and with just enough amount of melodies and a nice drive through the songs, filled with excellent typical black metal riffs.

The vocals are also my “cup of tea”, all through kind of high-pitched screamy vocals, a quite typical style, but it suits the music really well, even if it has been done many times before. It worked in the time that was and it is working really well on “Verum Veterum“.


1. Scourge of the Ages [7:06]
2. Devouring the Flame [5:31]
3. Seven Ghouls from the Mountains of Mashu [4:03]
4. Summoning the Sorceress of the Moon [5:34]
5. Parched with Eternal Thirst [5:44]
6. Entwined In Shadows, Drawn to Death [7:07]
7. An Ancient Mournful Soul [5:43]

Artist: Striges
Album title: Verum Veterum
Genre: Black Metal
Country/Location: Finland / United States
Record label: Blut & Eisen Productions
Release date: October 13, 2020

Format Reviewed: Digital promotion album, 192 kbp/s mp3

Striges - Verum Veterum
  • 75%
    Artist - Album - 75%
  • 75%
    Sound - 75%


Striges deliver excellent old-school black metal on the full-length debut, “Verum Veterum“. The songs are filled with great razor-sharp guitars and melodies and the vocals are excellent as well. If you like one song, then I a,m sure that you will like the rest of the songs on this record as well. To pick favorite songs on this album is not that easy, since all are very similar and there are not really any songs that stand out, it’s simply all good songs. But if I have to choose, then it will be the two last songs on the album, “Entwined In Shadows, Drawn to Death” and “An Ancient Mournful Soul”.

Would I buy this album?
Well, if I happen to locate it when I’m out “record hunting” to a fair price, then yes. But there are so many good albums and since the record budget is not what it once was, I have to be a little careful.

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