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A dark tribute to the Outer Gods - 86%

Stein, September 20th, 2005

As a nihilist, Howard Phillips Lovecraft would state that the human conceptions of moral "good" and "evil" were devoid of meaning. Ironically, many decades after his death, a south american band would incorporate in their compositions imagery from his horror literature on the purpose of generating a malign and blasphemous sound.

On this record, the stringed instruments are not very prominent; it's the percussion and vocals that are loud enough to receive most of the attention share. If the artist's original intention in this measure was to strengthen a gloomy atmosphere, it succeeds because the listener will tend to absorb the compositions more as a whole, instead of underlooking other aspects of the music, what generally happens in riff-oriented songs. However, quite a few noticeable thrashy death metal riffs and short leads fade out in moments where they could've been louder and still remain conceptually appropriate.

The singing is not performed via traditional shrieks; instead dry, raspy and very desperate vocals are uttered, harmonically fitting the creepy development of the songs. The drums conduct in reasonable fashion the music's generally slow pace and their climaxes, although the extensive cymbal use often sounds abusive. Synthetizers are claimed on some songs to provide aditional dark and epic components to the musical background.

The combination of all these elements results in an omnipresent driving pattern throughout the album, which the casual listener might condemn as uncreative repetition but in a global perspective, emulates an occultic, cosmic horror ambience, as in a continuous invocation ritual for the lovecraftian deities. No lyrics were left for analysis but the musically immersed listener will identify the horripilant ceremonial chants for Yog-Sothoth in the songs "Unnamable Evokation" and "Inside The Labyrinth Of Illusion"

Overall, an interesting blackened effort; serves as a metaphor for the inevitability of darkness in our morally polarized world. The last aeon is finished; mankind is doomed, for the Outer Gods hold incommensurable amounts of power.