ARKHON INFAUSTUS  Perdition Insanabilis  CD   (Red Stream)   11.98

Finally back in print from Red Stream!

The furious fourth full-length from French satanic black metal outfit Arkhon Infaustus circa 2005, which was originally released on Osmose Productions before going out of print the first time around. Luckily for fans of fucked up, psychotic French blackness, Red Stream re-issued Perdition Insanabilis with this digipack edition, inscribed in alien code and classic Satanic icons. Arkhon Infaustus developed a bit of a rep over the years since forming in the mid-90's; their releases have been censored in several countries due to ultraviolent album art and lyrics that outlined acts of Satanic perversion and rough S&M-related imagery, and the band is pretty outspoken regarding their fierce anti-christian/satanic ideology. Musically, they play a demented fusion of death metal and black metal, kind of in the vein of Zyklon and also reminiscent of the total sonic evil of Anaal Nathrakh, with some additional doom elements stitched into the mix. The songs blaze by with relentless double bass blasting, awesome chaotic drumming, and chunky, downtuned death riffing and complex layers of dismal minor key melodies. And the sound is heavy, really heavy, with a massive bottom end that will rattle your ribcage. The vocals are disorientating, often with multiple deep death growls and blackened rasps all singing different lyrics at the same time, adding to the awesome "out of phase" vibe that seeps through the entire album. And there's plenty more of that fucked up French weirdness at work here too: creatively placed samples and electronic drones, manipulated feedback that crafts their trans-dimensional ambience, executing vertigo-inducing time changes (seriously, the drummer on this disc is fucking awesome), crazed dissonant shredding, harmonized chanting, and electronically-fucked vocals. Tracks like

"Whirlwind Journey" even hint at some distinctly old-school Voivod and Celtic Frost influences, while "Saturn Motion Theology" reveals a lumbering slab of ultraheavy blackened doom that reaches psychedelic heights as sheets of wailing feedback are draped over the sour, slightly out-of-tune guitar harmonies and the pulverizing central dronedirge riff. Crushing. Definitely another essential blast of bizarre French malevolence! And the packaging for Perdition Insanabilis is great, too; the booklet includes text that has to be decoded to be read, using a system of alternating lines, and the photos of the band are pretty rad, with their eyes covered in gauze as if they have been torn out after witnessing some hellish horror.

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