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For the Sick, By the Sick - 85%

Villain, October 12th, 2007

Antaeus hope you die and they certainly know how to show it. Within the maelstrom of percussion, the ever-shifting barrage of riffs, and MkM's signature bark lies the essence of Antaeus: Violence. De Principii Evangelikum conjures images of suffering and destruction, all the while suffocating you with its constant vibe of urgency.

The production is thick and warm. It fits very well with the imagery and feel of the songs presented here. This is not a melodic, tremolo-picked affair. This is not for the faint of heart. This is music for the sick, by the sick; and the production values convey these intentions. And while it's certainly raw, you don't need a fancy pair of headphones to figure out what's going on.

This is not an album to dissect and analyze. All you need to know is that this is violent, punishing black metal worthy of your attention. Music like this is intended to be felt. Be warned, however. By the time these 28 minutes are up, you may also feel the need to dissect your own body and emotions.

Buy or die...or both, Antaeus wouldn't care.