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The infamous brainchild, of even more renowned men by the likes of Infernus, Taipan, Tormentor and Dirge Rep, Orcustus is quite an impressive act. Whilst not really breaking any new ground, the band lives up to their reputation, creating some hellish black 'n' roll, drawing influences from each and every of their respective bands. Aura Noir, Enslaved and Gorgoroth strongly resembled throughout the entirety of the release. That said, even if they don't stray too far from their roots, they have developed a noticeable sound of their own. Each of their releases is aggressive, muddy and oozing with hatred, really... what more could we ask from a black metal band? In particular, what more could we ask from a black metal band with strong second wave figures present?
The all out blast beat assault is, basically, just that. Reminiscent of second wave black metal, early European thrash and old-school death metal. The riffs are ever-changing, though remain tremolo picked and don't progress far from the last riff, the drums play constant, solid blast beats and the vocals are phlegmy and well performed, although the reverberation is annoying as hell, not to mention the fact they're placed far above everything else in the mix, which really effects the music; if the vocals were under the mix, drowned out by black metal, it'd give it a much better atmosphere, not to mention the music would sound complete. The only real downfall on this demo is the vocal effects, while they're layered with reverb and delay, the instruments have very few, if none at all, which in turn gives the production a very amateurish finish.
Each song takes a different approach to the genre, the opener for example begins, and continues right through with aggressive black metal, bar none. Where as World Dirtnap, has a slower, more thrashy appeal to it. The riffs are far more structured and the temp slowed down immensely. The final song, Lucifuge Damnation, takes a much more melodic, though aggressive direction, before a bombardment of fast, aggressive black metal, to take the demo to a close. Each song, while noticeably Orcustus, have their own thing happening, which is cool, and different - I mean, look at virtually any black metal release, once a band develops a sound, they'll stick to it for the entirety of their career, really not changing in the slightest.
An impressive, albeit a bit rushed, release from Orcustus. Besides the aforementioned production problems, for a demo it's not to bad. It's worth checking out, as it's free and a considerably short demo.