November 28, 2021

Arkhon Infaustus - Perdition Insanabilis (2004)

Country: France
Language: English
Genre: Death Metal
Style: Blackened Death Metal
Label Number: RSR-0175

© 2004 Red Stream
With Perdition Insanabilis, we find Arkhon Infaustus continuing their extreme assault, maintaining the speed, violence and heaviness of their previous albums.

The band plays the kind of Blackened Death Metal made famous by bands like Zyklon or Behemoth. Aggressive and heavy riffing Death Metal style with bits of tremolo picking a la Black Metal and some nice blast beat fests.

What makes this release different from the previous albums is that this one feels more dynamic; instead of going through a balls out blast fest all the way through the song they decided to add more mid-paced sections giving the music (and the listener) more time and space to breath, and by this making the brutal parts more effective and more brutal sounding.

The musicianship is very good and tight although the song writing is very lacking at some points; the riffs aren’t bad but they sure ain’t nothing original, and this makes the album a bit tedious and even boring at some times. I really consider this genre a bit difficult because to keep the attention of the listener more is required than speed and brutality, that’s relatively easy to obtain, but there’s more to be thrown in the mix to make it actually good; that’s why the dynamics make this one a bit better than their previous efforts, but still nothing magnificent.

The band makes use of a dual vocal assault which as you might be already imagining is made up of some Death growls and some Black shrieks, but nothing that you haven’t heard before, plus I can sure think of some WAY better dual vocal performances in the extreme Metal department.

The production in the album is very good and it works very well for the band, giving a proper meaning to the word brutal.

The album ends and you get the feeling that you listened to two or three 15 minute chunks of music rather than a complete album because the songs lack an important level of individuality and that makes the album feel monotonous and rather boring. This album is not bad, actually I wouldn’t doubt that it is Arkhon Infaustus’ best to date, but it is really REALLY far from being something special; honestly I wouldn’t spend my money here, not because it’s bad but there are a lot of better things out there; so to make this short go buy Behemoth's Demigod if you want some amazing Black Death Metal and stop fucking around.

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