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Review: Haeresiarchs of Dis - Denuntiatus Cinis
Haeresiarchs of Dis
Denuntiatus Cinis

Label: Moribund Records
Year released: 2010
Duration: 67:06
Tracks: 13
Genre: Black Metal


Review online: November 21, 2010
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
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Rated 3/5 (60%) (4 Votes)

This is a rather heavily-hyped album that actually has some substance to it. I have become so inured to 'Black Metal' that is really just about making noise without any kind of ethos or emotion behind it that something with a bit or real feeling to it is somewhat novel. The grandiose band name is somewhat ironic as this band, like so many others, is just one guy.

This is rather prototypical USBM, with chaotic songwriting and a lot of boundary-pushing in the sound while still remaining definitively Black Metal in tone and effect. This album isn't revolutionary or anything, but it does try to break out of the chains of imitation and go for something fresh. The sound is compelling, the atmosphere is cold and forbidding, and the riffs are atonal constructions without becoming simple noise. The screeches are rather one-dimensional, but there are some clean vocals mixed in that add some much-needed variety. This album is not as iconoclastic and brilliant as it wants to be, and it goes on too long, but it is still pretty cool.

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