Sunday, July 24, 2011

HAERESIARCHS OF DIS - In Obsecration of the Seven Darks CD review

HAERESIARCHS OF DIS - In Obsecration of the Seven Darks CD
Moribund Records
Genre: Black Metal
Rating: 4/5

I learned about this one man black metal band last year with the Denuntiatus Cinis release which was also on Moribund Records. The one man is Cernunnos and yet the sound he creates would have you thinking this had to be a full size band at work. When was the last time you heard a one man act sound like EMPEROR? Hell I'll even toss in when was the last time you heard some decent black metal from sunny California? The answer to the first question is never. Cernunnos takes the influence of those early Norwegian greats and transforms them into his own grim sensibilities. He creates epic sounding black metal that's still within the underground standards of low production values but just by a razor's edge. This is not another American symphonic BM act trying to ride the coattails of DIMMU BORGIR in order to get attention from Hot topic mall rats. That was 2009 and I think all of those bands are dead now or at least discredited. Besides Cernunnos, matter of fact, does a straight up rendition of "Ensorcelled by Khaos" on here which will confound the clueless.

Were as I thought 2010's Denuntiatus Cinis was a triumph with a great flow between it's tracks this one here sounds obviously formulated. You'll have an intense track overflowing with blackened noise as well as raspy high pitched screeches. Then it's followed by some filler instrumental albeit lengthy ones. If this release has some sort of concept behind it then it was lost by me even after five straight plays, one of which was with the lights off and a fan blowing cold air on me in order to really feel grim and cold. But seriously I'm wondering if some of this was left over material or just unfinished works that were done in haste with the instros set in as filler. Even if that is the case the lions share of In Obsecration of the Seven Darks does create a hell like atmosphere. Cernunnos use of the keyboards on here is more as an effect to certain songs which produces a gothic appeal. In no way is it being relied on heavily as a symphonic act would choose to do. If the in between tracks were eliminated this would still be a formidable piece of blackened hate.




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