|Review: Animus Herilis - Recipere Ferum|
Label: Adipocere Records
Year released: 2005
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: December 4, 2005
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Typical of many Black Metal bands, Animus Herilis have been around for about twelve years, but are just now getting around to releasing anything solid. After an EP last year, they finally got around to releasing a full-length, and despite a certain lack of innovation, it's still pretty good.
Hard to pin down a sound here besides "Black Metal". Animus Herilis play fast most of the time, but they do slow down here and there. They have some good melodies and remind me a bit of Hallstatt or Berserk – though not nearly so raw as Hallstatt. I don't read French, but I'm sure they're ranting about how much they hate Jesus and all that good stuff. There are no keyboards here, so I would have to call this pretty old-school BM – they just hammer out good riffs, and the best riffs are the slower ones like the almost doomy grind of "Mortifer Signum". The recording is rough enough to count as 'raw', without losing definition or heaviness, and they got a really evil guitar tone.
The only complaint I have to level here is that a lot of this disc sounds alike, with one speedy blaster meshing into the next. I like this CD, but there's nothing to really hook you and make you remember it later, or only a few parts. Mostly this is just competently done Mayhem/Darkthrone worship, and that's not a bad thing at all. While they may not have the originality of some other Oaken Shield bands, Animus Herilis are sure waving high the banner of true Black Metal.
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