Khazaddum’s last EP, “In Dwarven Halls”, was one of 2015’s hidden death metal gems so as soon as I see this new album in my inbox for review I am already highly excited and the bar is unfairly high as far as my expectations go. Their new album continues on with their ‘Dwarven death metal’ assault, as the band further plunges deeper into Tolkien lore in a death metal manner. “Plagues Upon Arda” is wonderfully heavy and a great angle on this story, as it’s usually black metal that tends to tell the tales of Middle Earth. With this album , you are getting your Middle Earth battles in a much more aggressive way and with the addition of symphonic sections, the epic feeling that was on their last release is just so much more impressive. Khazaddum releases another hidden gem, don’t miss out on this release!