|Review: Aetherius Obscuritas - Mártír|
Year released: 2020
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: September 18, 2020
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (4 Votes)
Aetherius Obscuritas have been pretty productive as far as Black Metal bands go, releasing eight full-length albums in their 18 years of existence. Mártír is their most recent release, and with the first I've laid ears on, and it's a display of fast and vicious Black Metal that shows off a good bit of experimentation along the way. There are some guest vocals from Jontho (Ragnarok) on "Marthyr" and Kaiaphas (Thokkian Vortex) on "The Frozen Lake of Eternity", but outside of that and the drumming of Zson, main man Arkhorrl is responsible for everything from guitar playing to vocals to songwriting, making him the driving force behind this band. Considering the varied song structures that weave blasts of speed with slower, more progressive elements to make an individual and compelling sound, he's clearly putting his years of experience to good use on this release. I don't know how previous albums compare, but if they're as novel and high-quality as this, then they're worth me visiting sometime in the future. For now, I'll settle with recommending this to fans of more experimental Black Metal.
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