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Mons Veneris - Abismo a Céu Aberto

Something listenable, I am surprised. - 35%

oneyoudontknow, May 19th, 2009

The first two demos of this band I had listened to were:
To Rape the Nazarene
Evil Genius - a Tribute to Abruptum
And my comment on these: both are pretty crappy.
Another Heirdrain, another Zarach 'Baal' Tharagh or any other bands of the so-called underground scene, whole sole purpose of existence seems like to be to flood the market with release after release? Well, it is not such bad when it comes to this Portuguese band, even though during the years 2006 and 2007 a lot of their albums saw the light of day and some of them really sucked.

Still with the impression of the two aforementioned demos in the back of the head, I was curious whether the band would have more releases of a similar quality. Yet, soon after the title track Abismo a ceu aberto had started, some re-adjustment of the preconceptions were necessary and even though the performance is by no means outstanding, it is as such as being tolerable and listenable … when nothing else is at hand.

So, what is this demo all about? The LLN-spirit surrounds this release a bit: due to the very noisy sound of the guitars and the vocals by Lord Infaustum; Lord of what, a flooded sewage or of a colony of haemorrhaging leprous hookers? Anyway, the music is dominated by two aspects: the minimal riffs in the foreground and the screams -- the ones that open Morte II are pretty neat actually -- respectively some dark murmuring; when it comes to the latter, then no throughout dominance can be found, as they vary in volume and style over the course of the demo.

Well, the music is very minimalist black metal, it is really necessary to stretch the term a bit, as the total amount of riffs per compositions is quite low. Endless and excessive repetition is the case and would it not be for the weird vocals, then their play could hardly be tolerated. Mons Veneris interpret black metal in a rather free fashion: the songs have some form of melody in the background, while the vocals do not always follow it. Together with the not optimal production and mix, the impression of some extreme form of art from this peculiar genre is offered and it would be interesting, would it not be so monotonous and therefore boring. It wears of pretty quick and after some spins, the listener has to realize that Mons Veneris offers simply too little to fascinate in the long run. Once one has got a glimpse behind the approach of the band, some form of disillusion begins to take shape and soon the shallowness exposes itself. The blandness, the bereft of compositional finesse and the overall reluctance of the artist behind this band to provide music with some depth is backfiring in the end. A neat idea, but as is the case with Gnaw Their Tongues, there is simply not a perspective to be found and the band is caught in a gridlock, they themselves are responsible for.