Released: 2009, Debemur-Morti
Reviewer: Alan Gilkeson
Holy corpse paint Batman, another Black Metal record! This time out of the boot shaped land of Italy. Sort of similar to countrymen Forgotten Tomb, in tone and delivery, there's a total early 90s vibe, though maybe a bit more ambient, and minus the crappy production. Yet there's less a copycat feel than say label mates, Vetus Obscurum. Certainly L'ETERNO MALIGNO SILENZIO sounds like it could have been recorded 15 years ago, but Tenebrae In Perpetuum add enough character to the overall aura, lets say a mystical darkness, molding a solid piece of ominous art.
As mentioned, the production is better than the original Norse stuff, still it would be nice if the bass and drums were turned up a bit, but in spite of this there's a very gargled old school sound, where the atmosphere is more important than any one riff. Digging on the crazy reverbed voice, I love the Latin/Italian feel of the vocal. It sort of feels more anti-Christian, the Italian language so closely related to the sound of the early church, especially on the first two tracks which exit with a clean melancholy intonation.
It's quite remarkable when a band can explore the early Black Metal sound without getting muddled up in the imitation of mood and conveyance. Despite its exploration of the primordial, there remains a quiet mysticism, setting this disc apart from the billion other guys trying to do the same thing lately. Definitely worth a listen, especially if you're on the artsy side of the fence.