Released: Nove, Regain Records
Reviewer: Arto Lehtinen
Holy crap, did four years pass since the mighty Diabolis Interium?! Yes it definitely did. Frankly, I have always been digging the bestial brutality delivered by these Swedish black metal commanders since their first outputs that came out in the middle of the 90’s. Dark Funeral have always relied on the most aggressive and brutal approach on every release.
On the newest onslaught, the Swedes spread the blasphemic tunes through eight tracks by showing no compromise or mercy. The whole 8 track is nothing but a real nihilistic slap presenting the brutal sharp and piercing guitar works by Lord Ahriman and of Chaq Mol. Then of course we have vocalist Emperor Magus Caligula ‘s utter sadistic brutal vocals crowning this mighty infernal release with Modin’s drumming that creates real massive thunder. The sounds have been mixed to reach the real antichristian approach and feeling when recording at Dug Out Studios with two producer wizards Daniel Bergstrand and Örjan Örnkloo at the helm who created the utter godhating soundworld.
Although King Antichrist could conquer the ears of listeners, the real final ritual of Dark Funeral has to be experienced on their gig as Godhate messangers literally opened the gates of hell at the Tuska Festival last summer. It is sure the new material from ATTERA TOTUS SANCTUS will be the blackish outbreak in live situations and will raise Dark Funeral on the upper throne of the black metal genre.
ATTERA TOTUS SANCTUS is definitely a must have for every bloody black metal digger, as the new Dark Funeral album presents everything that is expected.
What I really detest on these promo CDs of nowadays is this annoying voice included to the middle of every bloody track, saying “You are listening…” Damn it!