Further proving that Alex Poole has the black metal Midas touch, Slit Throat Requiem almost certainly represents the single best album created by Lord Poole and company (this time under the Gardghastr name), taking all of the best elements of Chaos Moon’s Eschaton Mémoire, but adding more aggression and reducing the “ethereal” aspects of that album’s atmosphere. If this description does not adequately tell you what to expect, then just think of this as a more muscular, technical, and better-produced interpretation of Emperor’s In the Nightside Eclipse (although this is also unfair, as Slit Throat Requiem is very much its own beast). Instrumental performances all around are magisterial (but what else would you expect from Poole, the Blackburns, and Swartadaupuz?), with keyboards used prominently but very tastefully, and the vocals, courtesy of Glömd, are perfect for this style of black metal. This is essential listening, so please do the right thing, and do it soon.