Initially released in 1996 by Morbid Noizz Productions, Thy Worshiper’s ‘Popiół (Introibo ad Altare Dei)’ has been treated to a remastering by Haldor Grunberg of Satanic Audio, and re-released by Arachnophobia Records on April 25th, 2017.
Sound-wise, the album has a very strong doom influence, as well as its female vocals by Anna Chwałek reminding me much of those on the ‘Tragedies’ album by Norwegian funeral doom legends Funeral. One thing’s for sure: the album does mix melancholic doom and elements of 90s black metal very nicely.
The prologue, ‘Prolog – między śmiercią a nocą’, establishes an atmosphere of melancholy for the album. The epilogue, ‘Epilog – samotność’, features a haunting, beautiful melody to tie off the album.
I don’t have any complaints worth mentioning here. It’s a great album, and Mr. Grunberg has done a good job remastering it for rerelease.
I would recommend this one to fans of Furia, later Funeral, or Porta Nigra
1. Prolog – między śmiercią a nocą
2. Popiół (na gruzach domu boga)
3. Sny ojca wieków
4. Za kotarą marzeń
5. Gdzie noce są dłuższe od dni
6. Misterium III
7. Na ziemi przodków
8. Tańczący nad brzegami czasu
9. Wśród cieni i mgieł
10. Epilog – samotność