As many of you have noticed, the world hasn’t ended just yet, but 2012 is over, and what better way to celebrate(or hate) it than with a refreshing dose of quality blackened death fucking metal? released on December 23, “Drenched In Victorious Blood” is a furious anti-christian extreme metal effort by UK-based band Aetherium Mors.
The album begins on a quite one-dimensional note in the simplistic traditional BM manner – the monotone shriek is here; the satanic lyrics – check. .Blastbeats – you betcha. Being there, done that! but patience is a virtue, and in our case the wait is damn worthwhile. Following “Sons of Men” and “Luciferian March” Aetherium Mors do something quite cool, as the vocals and riffs suddenly take on a less strictly nocturnal color, the band and listener entering the now almost forgotten and often deemed dead subgenre – Melodic Death Metal. Oh yes.
It feels like a millenia has passed since I’ve heard a band not only cite At The Gates and Dissection as influences, but really bring back the feel, fury, and composing style of those classic acts. And let me tell you something – Aetherium Mors NAIL IT. Starting with “Kingdom of Shadows”, a refreshing nostalgia begins emanating from the relentless riffs, the strong rhythm section bleeding with familiar tragic deathly melodies, all the while holding onto the album’s own sound and concept.
“The Fall of God” sees Aetherium Mors leaving behind the blackened dissonant chords for the most part and instead going all out melo-death, the instrumental change followed by a vocal one, as deep growls accompany the shrieks, accentuating the chorus with sonic brutality. This excellent piece is an example of everything that’s good about this subgenre and feels like the best track on the album!
The guys go further on this melodic path with the latter closing tracks “Order of The Talion” and “Annihilating Fire“, gradually adding an impressive amount of excellent lead guitar to the mix, which greatly expands their sound. This visible progression within the album itself is just awesome and gives us a damn heavy, but also diverse listening experience. For such a violent record, it ends with an eerie acoustic outro of daring contrast.
While many end-of-the-year “top of 2012” lists will probably contain both good and mediocre releases, my belief is that the truly refreshing extreme acts will always be slightly hidden\underground at their prime, and such is the case with Aetherium Mors, who offer top quality blackened death metal that channels the infectious melodies of classic acts. “Drenched In Victorious Blood” is definitely one of the best albums I’ve heard this year, and you can hear it on the guys’ official Bandcamp page.