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Obscurus Advocam Verbia Daemonicus


Verbia Daemonicus
1. Bounded Artefact 2. Verbia Daemonicus 3. Starlight to Twilight 4. To the Bone 5. Endarkenment 6. Blooming Disaster 7. Tale of a Scorched Earth
2007 Southern Lord Records
Our score 8

7/1/2007

Black metal. Admittedly, I'm a fan. However, as with any genre, there is a lot of crap to sift through before finding those certain gems that only appear periodically. As a reviewer, I'm subjected to a lot of the bad black metal, and because of that it's no surprise that when I get a new black metal record in the mail I often say to myself, "here we go again." What's worse is when it's a new project of a member of the black metal scene who already happens to have a different project for every day of the week. What could this project possibly do that isn't being done in the other projects, especially if they're all under the nom de guerre of Black Metal That's what I was thinking when I received the debut album from Obscurus Advocam, which is the most recent brainchild of black metal mainstay Infestuus (Glorior Belli, Wolfe). That's why I didn't listen to it right away and why it sat on my shelf for a couple months before I paid attention to it. What a horrible mistake I made. This album is not only everything that black metal should be, but more importantly it's everything that black metal should be if it wishes to progress and not forever be mired in bad production, mediocre musicianship, and false image just for the sake of being true, necro, kvlt, or any other limiting adjective. Right away from looking at the cover art (an abstract biomechanical image with, holy shit!...a band name I can actually read!), the listener knows this isn't going to be the same rehashed black metal. Instead, the album is extraordinarily well done and very welcome. The production is clean, the songwriting is accomplished, and the overall aesthetic presented is a mixture of beauty and brutality that can only be realized in this genre. Handling vocals, guitars, and bass, Infestuus administers the help of an additional guitarist and drummer to round out a lineup that certainly works well together. The first minutes of the opening track give the impression that the remainder of the record will be drudging doom and gloom black metal ala a cleaner Xasthur, however, the rest of the album shatters preconceived notions. Just when the listener thinks the music is going to go one way, it pleasantly goes in a different direction. There is a really tasteful mixture of tempos, styles, feels, and moods on Verbia Daemonicus that never leaves the listener feeling stuck in one spot for too long. One moment could be blasting away similar to fellow countrymen Deathspell Omega, while another could be settling nicely into a discordant groove reminiscent of the feel that Khold induces. The nice thing is that there is a really tasteful mixture of tempos, styles, feels, and moods on Verbia Daemonicus that never leaves the listener feeling stuck in one spot for too long. There are even moments of musical reprieve that could be considered a mixture of classical and contemporary, progressive jazz in terms of the musicianship and how the instruments interact with each other. Bottom Line: Albums like this are what people are missing when they make blanket statements about the sound of black metal. It doesn't matter if you know Infestuus's other projects (though if you do, you will be able to hear the relation to the ferocity of Glorior Belli and the haunting melodies of Wolfe), or if you've never even heard black metal before. Verbia Daemonicus will make you an instant convert.

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xdivisivex_ 7/1/2007 8:54:40 PM

pirst fost

anonymous 7/1/2007 9:32:52 PM

if you've never even heard black metal before. Verbia Daemonicus will make you an instant convert. LOLZ. Hyberbole much?

tomgilk_ 7/1/2007 10:24:11 PM

is there is a really tasteful mixture of tempos, styles, feels, and moods on Verbia Daemonicus that never leaves the listener feeling stuck in one spot for too long?

anonymous 7/1/2007 11:00:21 PM

instant convert? I don't know about that.

anonymous 7/2/2007 2:42:39 AM

way to repeat yourself

kish_ 7/2/2007 2:47:23 AM

good albums

thealmightyjim_ 7/2/2007 4:53:07 AM

They're not on Southern Lord.

burzum_ 7/2/2007 10:21:19 AM

I really liked what I heard, I think I will actually pick this up. It's nice once in a while to find something that's not a steaming pile of horse shit.

Ash_ 7/2/2007 4:06:02 PM

Yeah, I submitted this as Battle Kommand/Southern Lord because it's technically on Battle Kommand, but released in conjunction with Southern Lord. I guess webby just likes Southern Lord better.

monolithic_ 7/2/2007 5:28:47 PM

Come on now, any tr00 kvlt head knows not to utter the blasphemous phrase "Southern Lord" anywhere near an unholy black metal record review.

e-boogie_ 7/2/2007 11:33:16 PM

black metal sucks monkey balls and this album makes no impact on that fact.