|Review: Natassievila - Iter Lethalis|
Label: Dark Horizon Records
Year released: 2007
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: September 11, 2008
Reviewed by: Lars Christiansen
Rated 4/5 (80%) (4 Votes)
Natassievila ('Alive is Satan' backwards... genius(!)) are an Italian Black Metal band who proudly wear the sum of their classic Norwegian/Swedish Black Metal influences on their collective sleeve. 'Iter Lethalis' is the band's debut album, taking multiple gleeful stabs at your eardrums with their discordant blasting riff icicles.
I hate making dubious clichéd comparisons when it comes to evaluating bands similarities to other, more established metal acts - but fuck it, I'm going to do it anyway. Ready? Natassievila sound like De Mysteriis...-era Mayhem attempting to blast out early Satyricon covers through Darkthrone's old 'low-fi' gear (that hurt to write but it had to be done). To be fair though, their execution of the style is almost as perfect as their immaculately applied corpse-paint. The buzzsaw guitars are either chugging out that distinctive Hellhammer-like chord work, or blasting out face-serrating Marduk like 'washing-machine-on-spin-cycle' carnage. Intersperse a few piano led sections, a couple of sound clips and that's pretty much your lot. This is as grim and frostbitten as the kingdom of Blashyrkh, with absolutely no frills, bells or whistles.
With that said, if orthodox Black Metal is your thing, this will undoubtedly be right up your hate-filled, church burning street. It's not going to blow you away with originality (let's face it - it's not meant to), but it'll be enough to quench your insatiable thirst for the devil's music.
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