Vltimas – Something Wicked Marches In
Review Date: March, 2019
Released: 2019, Season Of The Mist
Reviewer: Arto Lehtinen
When I discovered Flo Mounier and Rune Eriksen had teamed up and formed a side project and even the former Morbid Angel frontman had joined the team as it looks extremely fascinating and tempting . Of course these so called supergroups have to be meant to have a side thing to explore new musical territories. When hearing songs published on Youtube I was totally sold and blown away. The expectations kept rising.
When WHEN SOMETHING WICKED MARCHES IN arrived, it was obvious it is something wicked marches in indeed. The opening title song has tremendous banging riff and has parts. The second song “Praevalidus” is opened up by Flo’s intense drumming. Flo’s drumming is so intense and tight, that a listener nearly focus on listening to the drumming. Rune’s guitar and riffs create the …… “Total Destroy” is a total furious song from the beginning to the end. It has killer beats and riffs making the song so catchy. As for David Vincent’s voice, frankly he sounds deadly, lethal and brutal. It is fabulous David Vincent’s voice can be heard on an album like this one as his voice is strong and has always been a trademark for the whole extreme metal genre. “Monolith” is one heck of an epic song with crazy riffs by Rune Eriksen, from the utter aggression to the acoustic parts. Whereas the “Truth & Consequence” kicks off the fast riffing and once again the drumming is intense, filled by some peaceful parts. “Last Ones Alive Win Nothing” presents more groovy mid-tempo based approach. “Everlasting” starts out with the fast riffing, in the mid of the song it slows a bit and then ramps up to the full fast approach and ends up to amazing riffs. “Diabolos eat sanguis” is started by “Blood of Devils in our veins” shouts and followed by “Marching on” concludes the album on an epic note.
The trio doesn’t rely that heavily on the old school vibe, as there are some elements of modern death metal. However the band has succeeded to create really haunting riffs and songs with an amazing with killer, fast and furious riffing as well as more varied structure in songs. The album has a great and balanced mix of extreme metal aspects, from blackish style with the death metal approach. When hearing Vltimas, it is kind of easy to recognize the sounds of the band. Once again it has to point out Rune Eriksen’s amazing riff ideas as he has brought in, sounds tremendous great.
Hopefully this won’t be one album project, the trio will be returning with more crushing material. The running time for most of release is nearly 60 minutes, but instead the debut album of Vltimas is app. 40 minute. Therefore a listener won’t get bored just spinning all over again after gasping for air.