Originality - it's a nice thing to have, but far from mandatory. Some bands take their inspiration from the greats and pay homage in a memorable and skillful manner. Some bands take it a step further and add their own special ingredient, and here we have an example of such a thing. Germany's Thorngoth take the foundation laid down by the greats and then add their own spark to give life to deliver a solid slab of Black Metal with occasional epic qualities. Thorngoth have dropped upon the earth a heavy and evil album that frequently delivers epic riffs and harrowing atmosphere. Fans of German Black Metal should already own a copy of this.