Label: Sinister Sounds Inc. - SIN 009 • Format: CD CD-ROM, Album • Country: Canada • Genre: Rock • Style: Black Metal
Best viewed without Internet Explorer, in x resolution or higher. I loved their balls out enthusiasm for wanting to play the most angry, blasting black metal on earth — so it was a double thumbs up from me.
More of the same? Well, not exactly… read on. Ars Macabra is an evolved beast to the one I last remembered. Needless to say, the basis of their sound still relies heavily on Help Me! - Patrick Gammon - Help Me! cinderblock Et Nihil - ars macabra - Hate Induced Trance machine gun assault, with bombarding drums, hissing venomous guitar work and gutsfucked vocals from the very pits of hell, but their charm is now multi-faceted.
Their sound is all so thickly coated in grimy tar, sickening and noxious, infecting the album with a grimly disturbing aura. I must give them kudos for breaking out of their early single-minded destructive mould as much as I loved it, the new found variation only makes me enjoy their sound more. Surprisingly the mix of the album is clear as day, allowing the guitar melodies to shine — so the vibe actually comes from the minor key disharmonies that are so frequently laid bare, slicing like a razor through filth.
These guys know how to utilize a simplistic lick to maximum effect — with a cold, shimmering tone they can slow down and make the temperature in your room drop a few degrees, before exploding into tremolo picked hell and turning your entire house into a blazing furnace quick smart. For those on the lookout for some genuine black metal A Terrible Void - Ahtu - Verse Of The Black Bird has a really powerful quality to it, range, atmosphere and the ability to blow your socks off all wrapped into one, you need look no further than Ars Macabra — proudly delivering the filthy black shit since Originally written for www.
However, I never thought that either of these descriptions are accurate for any of their works. On this album, Ars Macabra play fast, brutal black metal much of the time, as they always have, but vary it up often with thematically related slower passages.
Most of the songs are overall of the fast variety, beginning in a blazing blasting fury, with slower parts seamlessly woven into the aggressive aural fabric.
Some of the songs begin with slow to mid paced riffing, and pick up in pace later, such as Cerum Luciferi and Thanatos Projection. Overall, this record can be described as brutal, dark black metal. The riffing, whether fast or slow, is generally dissonant, featuring mostly tremolo picking during the fast passages, and sinister, atmospheric single note sequences during the slower passages.
The predominance of dissonance in the music is reminiscent of French black metal, though displaying no obvious influences in terms of individual bands. But it never gets extreme enough to make the music awkward or hard to listen to as is sometimes Christoff - Kopje Onder case with latter day Deathspell Omega and other bands in that vein. The production on the album is just right - not too raw yet not too polished, and the sound is nice and full.
Equally important, the mix is perfect. Every musician in the band seems very proficient on his instrument; the musicianship is very good and the playing is tight. Et Nihil - ars macabra - Hate Induced Trance terms of the guitar tone, it is thick, distorted, and trebly, well suited for the dissonant riffs. As for the vocals, they are aggressive and delivered with conviction, perhaps a little bit on the lower end in terms of pitch as far as black metal goes.
Lyrically, this album deals with Satanism, though in a sophisticated manner, as opposed to Deicide-like childishness, and the lyrics are quite interesting if you take the time to read and digest them. This album is very good for what it is; a decidedly above average slab of aggressive, dissonant orthodox black metal.
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