The record most responsible for putting Greece on the black metal map is, perhaps paradoxically, both an intriguing slice of history and a timeless piece of music. Thy Mighty Contract remains a hugely significant opus that was influential to a still-forming extreme metal scene and whose sound is tied intrinsically to the era in which it was manifested. Yet equally, this is a work that has aged superbly and still sounds as essential and unique as ever today. Both musically and lyrically, Thy Mighty Contract is rarely straightforward – and is arguably all the better for it, offering layers of meaning and demanding repeated playing. It is a dripping with a myriad of influences, with touches of first wave black metal, doom, death, thrash and heavy metal evident at various points during the album, combining these to create a sound that has never quite been repeated.

(Peaceville Records/2019)