Released: 2008, Negativity Records
Reviewer: Luxi Lahtinen
Arum is a 3-piece black metal horde from São Paulo, Brazil - and the band´s 3rd full-length studio album, OCCULT CATACLYSM - THE NEW ERA RISES, was already released at the end of last year on Negativity Records, located in LA, USA.
For what this is – a raw, simple and partly even relatively atmospheric black metal, this South American black metal act – to be honest with all of you, does not manage to move me one way or the other. I have been trying to appreciate the stuff that they do on OCCULT CATACLYSM with the best of my interest and understanding, but every time I have just returned back to the same miserable and lousy hole, and felt myself failing due to perhaps not appreciating, or understanding this as much as it should be appreciated in the first place.
For me, the type of uninspired, monotonous and simply boring black metal is hardly even stimulating either good and bad. It only drives me to a state where I do not know any more whether this should somehow be liked or not – and that´s the worst kind of mental state I can think of. A dull and weak production does not help me much either to get me away from my annoying state but only increasing my frustration for not fully get a grip on anything here really.
On the other hand, let´s face it. Arum is just a tiny drop in the vast ocean of black metal bands that cannot differ from all other similar sounding bands for their own good, which is a true pity. Hate to say it, but this album has already started sinking into a bottomless oblivion for me - and I have also started feeling a bit better, too.