Agonia Records, 2016
Music: Black Metal
Duration: 48:11 minutes (8 tracks)
The music on the album, as befits for a French band, is like a musical collage, which the core this time is a reference to the classic Black Metal (but coming from both cradles – Nordic and Hellenic) with small offshoots toward Stoner-Southern climate… To be honest, I have not heard such a conglomerate, but these non-black-metal inclusions are much less exhibited… These inclusions sometimes change a climate from harsh, brutal and dark for a little feisty and psychedelic atmosphere.
Overall, here is a very ominous and aggressive, sometimes even furious (as happens in the black-metal sounds a native of Norway, in the style of old DARKTHRONE and MAYHEM), but also is melodically and mysterious as well as melancholy (how is well audible in the song “World So spurious”, where in places is the melody leaded by distorted bass, which reminds a Greek NECROMANTIA). This theme (the melody) is really great, especially since we hear it in the background of dark guitar passages in style of BATHORY and with melancholy screams. I think this part of the song could be an example of black-metal ballads. In turn, the track “Rebels in Disguise” is actually stoner-black-metal creation, in which the “stoner” melodies coexist and intermingle with “black” sound and climate. Similarly, the song “Thrall of Illusions”, which introduces the listener in the “south-desert” climate (typical for Sothern Rock / Metal) by the passages of climatic guitars and distorted bass, and after a while it turns into black-metal storm. The distorted bass on the album plays an important role.
The vocals of the whole are obviously aggressive and classic for the style (Black Metal), although they are more balanced and controlled and not so hysterical, as it sometimes happens in classic Black Metal. Sometimes the vocals overlap creating a polyphonic vocals, monstrous screams, and seldom somewhere are the less aggressive vocals with delirious melodeclamation in the background.
After all, this is still a black-metal album – ominous, predatory and menacingly dark.
1. Lies-Strangled Skies
2. World So Spurious
3. Rebels in Disguise
4. Thrall of Illusions
5. Sundown (The Flock That Welcomes)
6. Satanists Out of Cosmic Jail
7. Upheaval in Chaos Waters
8. We Whose Glory Was Despised
Infestvvs – vocals, instruments
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