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Ever since 2013 Czech Inferno has been giving us nightmares in form of their last two sonic void cacophonies named Omniabsence Filled by His Greatness from the same year and Gnosis Kardias (Of Transcension and Involution) from 2017. Although the band is much older than most of you know: Inferno started all the way back in 1996 as a more traditional black metal band, but with tendencies to grasp on the atmospheric sides. Which was more evident on their later albums.
All Hell broke loose with the mentioned Omniabsence Filled by His Greatness; that slick transition from the intro called Pervasion to the epic dark beast The Firstborn From Murk it’s a wok of an evil genius. If you are not taken back after listening that I have to warn you that your musical taste has moved into the negative zone.
Atmosphere just oozes from this albums, accompanied with thunderous blast beasts, Adramalechs vocals that got so much reverb on them he might lead 6 legions of demons with his voice, guitars sporadically switching from more Avant-garde style to razor-sharp black metal riffing.
Their more Avant-garde style is further developed and expanded on Gnosis Kardias (Of Transcension and Involution) four years later which in comparison Omniapsence sounds like a traditional black album with a few atmospheric parts. Gnosis Kardias really took the band on another level but without sacrificing their trademark aggression, mostly.
As Gnosis was different from Omniabsence, so much their newest opus Paradeigma (Phosphenes of Aphotic Eternity) differs from Gnosis. And far more weird.
Which says something.
The album starts similarly to Omniabsence with its slow intro until the next song just hits like a Mack truck from hell. But don’t be fooled, this album is very different. It has all the ingredients of the last two albums but of everything else, here is all atmosphere, almost to the point that you have a feeling at times that you are listening to a soundtrack of a most fucked up, dark movie that was banned in all parallel dimensions. Or something to listen while reading “The Cosmos as Self-Creation” from Czech writer Michal Ajvaz, “Time Reborn” by the physicist Lee Smolin and “The Red Book” by Carl Jung which was a influence on the album. This kind of stuff is pro in my book any day.
Nevertheless, I have a few gripes with the album: Adramelech vocals are almost inaudible, when they decide appear mind you and when he does his voice is more an additional layer to the music than anything else, thats why I mentioned this more like a soundtrack than anything else.
In a way this feels like peak of their experimentation and for those who prefer the atmospheric side of their previous two offerings will dig the album the most.
Personally and of course subjectively this is for a margin lesser album then the previous two but nevertheless this is another pure and unique achievement of the Czech black metal masters. Very recommended.
Release date: May 7, 2021
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