|Review: Wolok - Servum Pecus|
Label: Insidious Poisoning Records
Year released: 2007
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: November 15, 2008
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Rated 4.5/5 (90%) (2 Votes)
This album could just as well have been called Soundtrack to a Mindfuck. Servum Pecus is, in one word, disturbing. Raw and somewhat minimalistic Black Metal that could very well be used as the soundtrack for one of those dark and weird horror/suspense movies where you freak out even when nothing is happening. There are times when the music gets repetitive, a sort of mid-paced "mechanical-sounding" sound that every time makes me think of Metropolis (the movie) with all those workers doing repetitive work - add a sense of despair to the whole thing, very bleak stuff. Other than that, things get more into the fold of "normal" no-frills Black Metal, with the expected fast-paced passages (not too much of that though) that almost feel like a relief in-between the crushing and disturbing slower moments that make you feel like your brain just got squished in a blender. The vocals are often barely audible, sounding more like background noise which makes them sound disturbing as fuck, as if a horde a ungodly creature was stalking you in the dark, just waiting for the right moment to jump you.
As you've probably guessed by now, the atmosphere is king here, the result of a good mix of raw-to-the-bone playing coupled with some basic no-frills sound effects that make some horror movies sound like a family comedy. It's not pretty, it's fucked up and disturbing as hell, and yet just like when you can't not look in a suspense-filled horror movie, you just keep playing this sucker over and over. Apocalyptic and mindfuck par excellence.
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