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HAIL THE RETURN:ARKHON INFAUSTUS – PASSING THE NEKROMANTEION

A triumphant end or exciting new beginning?

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French Blackened Death asylum Arkhon Infaustus, whose career entered an agonisingly long hiatus following one 2007’s finest releases “Orthodoxyn”, have risen from the ashes of their original incarnation (DK Deviant being the only remaining member) and unleashed “Passing the Nekromanteion”.  With songs varying in length from 7 to over 10 minutes these are not only the longest Arkhon Infaustus have ever committed to tape, but also the most complex.

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Tracks (there are 4 in total) are tortuous and deranged. Brimming with dissonant riffs, violent Blackened Death Metal and oozing with confidence. And while “Passing the Nekromanteion” is being marketed as an EP it can be easily viewed as a natural and worthy successor to the bands classics “Perdition Insanabilis” and “Orthodoxyn”.

As mentioned above DK Diavant (Osculum Infame, Bekhira) is the sole returning member, handling guitar, bass and vocals with Skvm (Temple of Baal, The Order of Apollyon) on drums.  Fans alarmed by this “stripped down” version of the group’s core line-up need not worry as song writing and musicianship has been taken to even further extremes.

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“Passing the Nekromanteion” is 34 minutes of uncompromising Blackened Death Metal fury that leaves the listener enthusiastically reaching for the reply button.  And while Arkhon Infaustus’ future may still be in doubt, they are touring but a full length LP may or may not materialize, this could very well be a magnificent swan song to an already flawless career

(I, for one, hope it isn’t)

———–By: Shane Bermingham———

 

Label:Les Acteurs de l’Ombre Productions

FACEBOOK:BANDCAMP

ARKHON INFAUSTUS

Line-up:

DK Deviant: Guitar, Bass, Vocals, Song-writing

Skvm: Drums

Passing the Nekromanteion

Release Date: October 6th, 2017

Catalog ID:AO-064

Format:DIGITAL/CD/VINYL

Genre: Blackened Death Metal

 

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What horrors lie within MISERIST – Self-Titled Debut EP

Hailing from Australia, Miserist, formerly known as Headwar, a moniker under which a self-titled demo was released, is a one man Black/Death outfit with heavy industrial, drone and dark ambient influences. Now, through Krucyator Productions, this enigmatic project is slated to release its self-titled debut EP this coming February 13th.    Continue reading What horrors lie within MISERIST – Self-Titled Debut EP

Swarþ – “Veneficivm” EP Streaming

After a collection of their previous offerings, released under the name “Omines Pestilentiae“, Swarþ have now spawned a new EP entitled “Veneficivm“. The EP is comprised of two tracks simply titled “I” and “II“. Hailing from the pits of the unknown (no info or details are given about the band other than the label’s announcements of their releases), they present two poisonous pieces reeking of sulphur for a descent in the abyss where darkness and insanity reign over everything.

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“Veneficivm” can be streamed below and can be purchased through Iron Bonehead at the following LINK.

By: Mater Tenebrarum

Sxuperion – Through Cosmic Corridors

Sxuperion LogoSxuperion, the name might seem unrecognized to you. It’s a one man project hailing from Mammoth Lakes, California, consisting of Lord Sxuperion since 1998. So, how do the band sound? Speculate about a highly atmospheric death metal sound with a very strong black metal influence. Some names may appear in your mind such as Garden of Shadows, SepticFlesh, early era Nightfall or Ancient Wisdom. Well, Sxuperion sounds way more different and original than most of them. Although the band is pretty underrated, the debut album ‘Through Cosmic Corridors’ can be considered as one of the most solid and original albums released under the ‘atmospheric death/black metal’ tag.

Through Cosmic Corridors_Cover ArtIf you have not heard of the band, then it becomes really tough to provide ideas about ‘Through Cosmic Corridors’. Fortunately, the music of Sxuperion is as complex and atmospheric as the brilliant artwork suggests. The overall sound is pretty raw, primitive and experimented upon a very dismal atmosphere. The music is fast paced, intense and also melodious especially during the breakdowns and ambient parts. There are use of sampling effects to enhance the music more and to provide the ‘interstellar’ approach of the composition. The guitars on this record are heavy and thick, the riffs are multilayered and shifting their patterns and tempos frequently. The guitars on the violent section can be compared with Pseudogod, Sickrites etc. whereas on the melodic section it resembles with Tvangeste, Profanum and likes. The songs ‘Advanced Matter Drive for Ecclesiastical Dust’ and ‘Teller Control Panel’ are the best examples for checking out the complexity of this album. The bass guitars on this album are pretty high on the mix and can be heard clearly alongside the guitars. My most favored section on this album is the drums. The drums are fierce and exceptionally well played by Lord Sxuperion. The atmospherics of the songs are provided with the comprehensive use of synthesizers and effects. However they are buried beneath the thick black/death sound excepting the breakdowns and the last two tracks which are purely ambient compositions. The vocals are mostly delivered with deep growls but during clean passages the lyrics are spoken out narratively. There are also use of some chanting and clean vocals particularly in ‘Virulent Arrival of Demonic Hyper-space Denomination’. The overall production of the album is really raw and muddy, nevertheless all the instruments and effects incorporated can be heard perfectly. Although the guitars and drums are privileged, the bass guitars pound all over the mix and help to procreate the dark atmosphere throughout.

From the very first minute, ‘Through Cosmic Corridors’ showcases the amazing songwriting skills of Lord Sxuperion. The sound never gets boring throughout the 40 minutes of its playing length. It’s a must listen for the fans of black/death metal and you won’t be disappointed at all. Highly Recommended.

Recommendations: Purulent Spiritual Interstellar Void, Advanced Matter Drive for Ecclesiastical Dust, Denied Canonical Delivery.

Score: 80/100

Released: October 1st, 2014

Listen and Order ‘Through Cosmic Corridors’ at:

Lineup:

Lord Sxuperion (Guitars, Vocals, Bass, Drums, Synthesizers, Effects, Mixing, Mastering, Artworks)

Label: Bloody Mountain Records

Reviewed by

Somber