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Review: Orcustus - Orcustus

Label: Southern Lord
Year released: 2009
Duration: 41:47
Tracks: 7
Genre: Black Metal


Review online: April 18, 2009
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
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Rated 4.08/5 (81.67%) (12 Votes)

That is a pretty strange cover art! Orcustus is a Norwegian extreme metal act that was formed in 2002 by songwriter Taipan. Two members of ex-Gorgoroth, now God Semen, guitarists Tormentor and Infernus, as well as drummer Dirge Rep (Enslaved) form the line-up of this Black Metal horde.

With those types of people on board, you expect great musicianship, tightness and thrilling compositions. It is mostly the case, but something is missing. You can hear tightness and that Orcustus can play very well. Alas, the sparks are not present. I mean this is fast/furious music, tremolo picking galore, sick rasps and all, just that in the end, you have a repetitive series of compositions. Their style is somewhat melodic and in your face. A couple of songs like that could be fine, but a full album of the same is just a bit boring after a while. I can direct you to track # 2 and 4 as the best compositions on this album. "Of Sophistry, Obsession and Paranoïa" and "Jesus Christ Patricide" is where to look for some tasty Black Metal madness. The pace tampered down to moderate, allowing some bone crushing riffs to surface on one; the other song adds harmonies with clean arpeggios plus some weirdness too. A little later on, track # 6 "Ego Sums Chaos", showcases a bit of thrill with cool tremolo pickings and leads.

You will have to check them out for yourselves to see if this is what you're looking for in terms of Nordic Black Metal.

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