Released: 2013, Code666
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
Here is the first album from Iceland’s black metal noisemongers Carpe Noctem: In Terra Profugus.
I’d like to start off by saying that though I think I’m supposed to be a neutral reviewer droid or something, I personally didn’t like this album, so the review will probably come over that way. I’ll try to be objective at least.
There are some shining moments, and it sounds like the band have hit upon what they wished to hit upon with this disjointed, atonal experiment of cacophony. Not so many blast beats but a lot of dissonant guitars, evil atmospherics and raging drum fills; if you like your black metal truly abrasive your ears will bleed with pleasure.
There are shades here and there in the Akercocke vein, such as the atmospheric verse part on opening track Odium Somniferum. At points I find it hard to follow the twists and turns they take musically, and I am often left wondering what happened to the previous section as another metaphorical corner is turned. One plus point musically is the Dissection-like guitar and drum work which rears its head occasionally.
The album is written as a concept album about life, death and the very nature of evil, referencing scripture, Norse mythology and Icelandic black magic rituals, amongst many other things along the way.
Combined with the black metal style vocals, and the fact that the album is sung in Icelandic, this may take a pinch of imagination for you to realise. In my own case, it totally passed me by. I am sure there will be people out there who will love this album; in fact I have very little doubt but for the most part, my own interest was not piqued.
Review by Kevin Griffiths