Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Aqueronte-Aquerontiis Pabulum (2012)

This album marks a highlight in the career of this band: a devastating benchmark for other black metal bands to try to live up to. In fact, I think they have perfected their BM attack.This album is all about war and destruction. In the meantime, Aqueronte relentlessly attacks again and again, with burning, lacerating, squealing guitars, the overwhelming crush of deep bass fuzz rumblings, and the drummer's machine-like snare precision. The drums on this album are one of the highlights: blast mania, insane hyperspeed blur tempos that will make your eyes roll back in your head,vocals are rabid Satanic screams and bloodthirsty. The secret to listening to Black metal bands is the use of headphones. I can't stress enough the importance of paying close attention to the riffs and breaks in the songs. They have always been given production standards that remove the harsh distorted edge off the guitar. This is what makes people claim all BM songs are the same - but they aren't, listen closer and you'll see. So what makes this Aqueronte album special? The sheer epic brutality of it all, and the mind numbing speed. This is a new kind of black metal - I don't see this style really claiming any antecedents, especially from the Norwegian camps, and This is a documentation of a band at the height of their devastating powers. This is Black metal from Brazil!
Review by Paul Caravasi

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