Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Ascension, Fides Inversa & Thy Darkened Shade: A World Terror Committee Trifecta.

Written by Kevin Page.


Serving as a teaser for their forthcoming new album, The Dead of the World (due on December 24, 2014), this 2 song EP should be more than enough to wet your appetite for what these Germans have next. The title track, "Deathless Light", will be featured on the full length, while "Garden of Stone" is exclusive to this release. When I thought about how to describe their sound, I noticed Metal Archives lists the lyrical content as "Death, Fire, Magic", which actually nails it on the head musically as well. Black metal that has equal parts rage, doom and melody. High quality stuff.


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After a 5 year wait, Rome, Italy black metallers, Fides Inversa have graced us with their sophomore effort, Mysterium Tremendum et Fascinans. Not having the benefit of hearing their debut, I had no idea what to expect going in. The first thing that struck me was a Blut aus Nord flavor, but in a much more free form sense. I also hear some Deathspell Omega atonal bits, sprinkled with Inquisition and some traditional black metal. Yet the band is able to roll all these up into one cohesive package and come up with a sound all their own. I'm not quite sure how that happened, but it's quite enjoyable/impressive nonetheless. Definitely a band to keep an eye out for going forward.


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Artwork by Vamperess Imperium

And now for the pièce de résistance, Thy Darkened Shade.

Hailing from Athens, Greece, Liber Lucifer I: Khem Sedjet is the follow up to their debut album, Eternvs Mos, Nev Ritin from 2012. What you will experience is an incredibly well produced, technically proficient melodic black metal tour de force. Everything is well balanced, allowing you to appreciate all the little nuances and finer details, nothing gets lost in the mix. Vocalist, "The A", eschews the typical shriek approach most bands in the genre rely on by having a much deeper and more pronounced growl, while still maintaining that caustic black metal feel.

Nothing here exists for the sake of it, everything is there for the greater good. And amazingly at 77 minutes in length, it never overstays it's welcome. This is not just any album, it's some of the best black metal you will hear all year. I also suggest you read my fascinating interview with Thy Darkened Shade mastermind Semjaza over at No Clean Singing.


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Tagged with 2014, Ascension, black metal, Fides Inversa, Kevin Page, Thy Darkened Shade, World Terror Committee
6 comments:
  1. This is relevant to my interests

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    1. Mine too. Haven't heard Thy Darkened Shade yet, but the other two are REALLY GOOD.

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  2. Yes! Thy Darkened Shade is easily the best black metal album of the year. Semjaza somehow took the best parts of Acrimonious and improved them here. Mindblowing.

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    1. Oh, I just noticed that Thy Darkened Shade is streaming in full now. Saves me from bitching about that :)

      I'm still at Fides Inversa. So weird, so good. And in the case the medieval choir break in IV, so beautiful.

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  3. I'm actually starting to like Fides more than TDS & BAN

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    1. Me too. TDS is good, but in a very steam-rollering way. I like the progressive bent of Fides more.

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