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Review: Antaeus - Blood Libels
Blood Libels

Label: Norma Evangelium Diaboli
Year released: 2006
Duration: 43:02
Tracks: 8
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: January 28, 2009
Reviewed by: Brett Buckle
Readers Rating
Blood Libels

Rated 3.22/5 (64.35%) (23 Votes)

Upon opening the digipack of Antaeus' Blood Libels you are greeted by the wonderful invective phrase "We Hope You Die" — it is written right there on the inside cover where you can't miss it. The first time I read that I was grinning from ear to ear for I knew what was going to be in store for me on the pits of this CD — hateful, caustic Black Metal that would peel the corpse paint right off my face. And oh my mother of fuck, I was not disappointed. Blood Libels is beyond brutal, it is beyond insanity — it is an all out assault on the listener, brimming with vitriol and rage, a barrage of hatred and disgust. This puts so called Brutal Death Metal bands to shame, exposing them for the fucking pig-tail wearing pussies they are before beating them into the corner and shitting on them.

Blood Libels is a visceral, abhorrent hate crime perpetrated upon the listener by the furious non-stop machine gun blasting from drummer Zvn, the seething, acidic guitar assault delivered by Set and Servus with chainsaw tone and performed with face-shredding conviction, and the harsh, hate-filled growling of MkM, a man whom I have no doubt truly hopes I die. The pace largely shifts between fast and insanely fast, with some almost-but-not-quite mid-paced sections to give you a moments rest before the aural battery begins again. Not only is this album fast it is also heavy, fucking heavy in fact, with the production being absolutely perfect in its filthy, gritty assembly-line tone. Interspersed throughout the album, mostly at the beginning and ending of some songs are the sounds of industrial torment, as if hell was a factory production line. They work well within the context of the album but perhaps drag on a bit longer than they need to, especially at the end of the album.

I won't labour the point, except to say that this album accomplishes precisely what it sets out to achieve: distilling the essence of violence and hate into musical form. Simply put, if you are a fan of cripplingly hateful Black Metal, and you don't already own or immediately go and buy this album, then I hope you die.

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