† And then the Curse swept the Earth

terça-feira, 6 de dezembro de 2011


"In Nomine Odium" is Haemoth's first full-length since 2004's "Vice, Suffering and Destruction", and it is a dismal and disturbing affair, a collection of misanthropic and despicable dissonances. Haemoth could easily be dismissed as another typical proponent of Black Metal as they do bear all the requisite ingredients, but they are thankfully much more than just your typical Black Metal band spouting profanities against a fire-torn soundtrack. Their wrath is undeniably sincere and palpably unpleasant throughout. The tremolo-picked riffs, the wall-of-fire chords, and the razor-torn vocals are grim, anguished, and torturous, and the compound structures are solid. Amongst the controlled cacophony there are slower passages scattered throughout the album that lend weight to the already dense viscosity. Augmenting the forbidding landscape are some nice touches, such as the distorted organ that closes "Demonik Omniscience" which is haunting as it is subsumed by a heavy wind that segues into the cut-throat chords of the instrumental "Spiritual Pestilence". And the sudden break from full-on raging riffage into a cold, empty wind of "Son of the Black Light" that lasts for a full minute effectively suspends the listener across the void before plunging them into a whole new bleak environment. Grim. Very grim indeed. This is a solid BM album that fuses the tranquil with the tumultuous, the serene with the intense, and the raw with the atmospheric. "In Nomine Odium" is more than worth your time.

A solid and powerful BM release indeed brought by french band Haemoth. A true nightmare brought to life. Recommended. Buy here.

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