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Review: End of Mankind - Antérieur à la lumière
End of Mankind
Antérieur à la lumière

Label: Mallevs Records
Year released: 2020
Duration: 39:23
Tracks: 9
Genre: Black Metal


Review online: January 14, 2021
Reviewed by: Mjölnir
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Rated 4.27/5 (85.45%) (11 Votes)

End of Mankind were formed from the remnants of Eternal Majesty in 2015, releasing some splits and a full-length a couple of years back before getting to this album. Currently, only bassist Sagoth is a part of both bands, but despite his connections, this sounds almost nothing like Eternal Majesty. Frankly, I'd say this is much better than the most recent album of the latter band, opting for a more atmospheric approach that adds in spacey post sections along with the inescapable French Black Metal sound. The songs are tight and varied, with the riffs going from aggressive tremolo buzzing to moodier ambient sections without missing a beat. The music sticks to a formula not too far off from bands like Forteresse and Ellende, but it does get experimental from time to time, such as when they bring out a freaking saxophone on "Opponent Deity". The vocals are a bit one-dimensional, and some of the interludes can outstay their welcome, but none of that distracts from the quality songwriting found on tracks like "La peste dansante" and the previously mentioned "Opponent Deity". Fans of more melancholic Black Metal will find a lot to love here.

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