Review: Fides Inversa “Historia Nocturna” [W.T.C. Productions]

Review: Fides Inversa “Historia Nocturna” [W.T.C. Productions]

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Despite not being the most active band on this earth, the Italian black metal outfit Fides Inversa since 2006 had giving us two very solid records (Hanc Aciem Sola Retundit Virtus (The Algolagnia Divine) from 2009 and Mysterium Tremendum et Fascinans 2014) and their EP from 2017 Rite of Inverse Incarnation which included Wraath from Behexen introduced as the bands new voice. Quality over quantity you would say.

I clearly remembered getting the EP and it showed definite potential and in a way a new start for the things to come. Those things to come unfortunately took three years to happen, namely Historia Nocturna released on World Terror Committee from Germany.

Was it worth the wait?

Well, for those who liked the atmospheric parts in the last album will go hungry because Historia Nocturna album hits the earing senses like a wild hellhound which was caged for a few hundred years.

The track A Wanderer’s Call and Orison pretty much sums up the whole album and what to expect. A very solid opener with a great flow and hooks. Pretty much the same could be said for the rest of the songs, but it does tend to take route of repetition from time to time. Having seven to nine minutes long tracks does not help the case either, despite sleek songwriting.

Going thought the whole album it is very evident that these tracks are meant to be played live, but with this kind of long durations it almost becomes the chore to get to the end.

Although instrumental work is more than exceptional, the true savior of the album is Wraath on vocals; the guy is vocally throwing everything with the Satan’s kitchen sink in here without overreaching. Vocals are quite audible and you can really get in the lyrics. Really old school but at the same time refreshing. If it were some standard black metal screaming vocals the album would dip in the deep sea of mediocrity in no time.

Personally, the main highlight of the album is the track Syzygy; a dark doom metal endeavor and possibly the most atmospheric track the band recorded so far. Wraath and Void A. D. shows here as superb vocalists. Instrumentally a pure opposite from the rest tracks in the album making the next song I am the Iconoclasm so much better and rewarding, it works great as an album’s closer.

Although not being the most original album out there and with a few rough edges, Fides Inversa‘s Histora Nocturna presents the bands most confident and furious album to date.

Release date: July 22nd, 2020

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Greetings, my name is Tomislav from Croatia and I’m into metal quite a long time. I work currently in another metal site named Metal Jacket magazine (http://metaljacketmagazine.com/) and vocalist in several bands, notably Chemical Exposure (https://www.facebook.com/chemicalexposure/) and Defiant (https://www.facebook.com/defiant.croatia/).

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