ANTAEUS “Condemnation” black metal album review and bandcamp stream

Last year, Antaeus have ended out of the blue 10 years of discographic absence with their fourth album, “Condemnation”.

Due to the evolution and mutation of the genre, it is now clearer than ever what is the position that the Parisian act holds in the scene: the masters of violent black metal!

Sure, there’s faster bands with higher BPM’s. There’s more technical bands. There’s more extreme sounding vocalists. There’s more shocking and controversial imagery and antics.

However, no other contemporary black metal band has conjured so convincingly and honestly an equal amount of violence and harshness through their music, while also constantly challenging the scene’s status quo.

“Condemnation” is a monster. Brutal, majestic riffs on top of relentless and organic drumming. Rusty vokills coming out of a sick throat that tears itself apart with each verse. Side A’s impressive streak of  “Shadow Fires”, “Flesh Ritual”, “Angels of Despair”. A massive and raw sound.

It is an album reminding how powerful, inspiring and crude can black metal be when played by dedicated musicians with the left spirit of mind.

As A.V. (Dead Congregation) has so correctly put it:“holy shit, black metal is fucking dangerous again”. Highly fucking recommended indeed!

 

Posted on by panos.agoros in black metal, Music

About panos.agoros

Music and computers. The same two passions that Panos has ever since he was a kid, have defined the path that he would follow in life.

He studied computer science in Paris-France in the early/mid 90’s and is an IT engineer, providing since 1999 Mission Critiical support for enterprise environments. He is also known to be a retro hardware scavenger and old computer collector.

His love for music pushed him to become actively involved in the scene. From November 1995 until the early 00’s he ran Chaotik Webzine, a pioneering music webzine and the first to provide coverage for both the metal & hardcore underground. He is for the last 15 years an editor of Metal Hammer Greece, the biggest music magazine in the country.

He rans a small record label and distro, Blastbeat Mailmurder, and is also the vocalist/lyricist of critically and fan acclaimed astrogrind outfit Dephosphorus. In his lost hours he does field recordings and manipulates sound waves for his experimental noise/ambient Kommpound.

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