Released: 31st, W.T.C Productions
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
'Classicist yet paying no lip service to tradition...' is how Italian Black Metallers Fides Inversa describe their new album and boy, were they on the money with that statement. The band's second full length opus Mysterium Tremendum et Fascinans ticks all the right boxes whilst sounding fresh and vibrant.
Fides Inversa consist of drummer and vocalist Omega A.d and guitarist and bassist Void A.D. As I read their Bio before I checked out the album, I read that the Italian two piece released their first album in 2009 with a pretty big label in Osmose Productions. The bar was of course set high and it's immediate from the crushing start of the album that there was going to be a consistent high standard throughout Mysterium...
The guitar sound, reminiscent of recent Watain and older Satyricon, works really well and cuts through to give an almost perfect Black Metal tone in front of some really superb blasting and Vocal work from Omega A.D. Fides Inversa pound their way through Mysterium without a moments rest for the first few tracks. "III" is slower but retains maximum intensity and a fantastic vocal performance. It's not until the lengthy fourth song that the band change things up with an ambient and atmospheric, if not a little out of place, intermission half way through. Normal service is resumed shortly after to close the track. There's a couple of other short ambient pieces which close tracks 5 and 8 and while they do offer up something different and show that the band are thinking outside of the box, personally I don't think they add much to the album despite being well played. The final two tracks on the album displays Fides Inversa at their best with some fantastic high-string black metal riffing, terrific Vocals and skilful blasting, the best that Mysterium has to offer.
Overall, Mysterium is a fantastic return to form and it'll be interesting to see where the band go from here. They have the talent and song writing craftsmanship to compete with the big boys of the Black Metal scene and there's not a whole lot coming from Italy in the mainstream Black Metal market. Fides Inversa know where they're going and are certainly a band to watch out for in an overcrowded genre.
By Andy T