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Ævangelist - Matricide in the Temple of Omega

Matricide in the Temple of Omega
by "Metal Mark" Garcia at 15 December 2018, 6:27 AM

Experimental approaches in Metal are a common thing since the 70’s, and it’s the source of new musical possibilities, even from Metal genres. The mix between Punk Rock and Hardcore influences with Metal melodies (created by MOTÖRHEAD in the 70’s) was the starting point to extreme Metal genres, and it’s a fine example how Metal evolves. To experiment is a need of many, even holding ground on older forms of music. So it’s not a surprise to see bands as ÆVANGELIST trying to open a new way as it can be heard on “Matricide in the Temple of Omega”.

The root that is already known that the duo uses is a Black/Death Metal way. But the avant-garde extreme metal visionary approach of using catching broken rhythms like Progressive Metal bands, growls and grunts mixed with agonizing voices, and darkened and morbid atmospheres is different that was heard before. The album sounds deep and introspective in many moments as well, creating melancholic parts. It’s a bit hard to be swallowed in many times, but as long as the album is heard, the more seductive it sounds. And there are moments when cello and saxophone parts can be heard in the middle of the chaos they create.

The only “but” left to say about “Matricide in the Temple of Omega” is on the sound quality. It’s crude beyond the needed level, so it sounds a bit (just a bit) fuzzy sometimes. The sonority is dirty in a way that reminds a lot the earlier Black Metal releases from the 90’s, and besides it can be understood, such album deserved a better sound quality. But the choice for the instrumental tunes was done in a wise way, because they are aggressive and harsh as it could be expected from the genre.

On avant-garde works, it’s easy to find long songs, and “Matricide in the Temple of Omega” bears only 5 tracks. Of course “Æon Death Knell” (filled with very good guitars with charming darkened melodies), “Omen of the Barren Womb” (deeper and melancholic, with a funereal atmosphere and dissonant parts), “The Sonance of Eternal Discord” (hypnotic and chaotic experimental harmonies, creating a depressive feeling), “Serpentine as Lustful Nightmare” (harsh and bitter, showing fine contrasts of rhythm and even Progressive parts), and “Ascending Into the Pantheon” (some slower parts are amazing) are very good pieces of darkened arts, but maybe shorter songs would fit in a better way.

At last, “Matricide in the Temple of Omega” is not so easy to be understood, but the work of ÆVANGELIST is really creative in a time that clones appear every day. Listen to it and have a morbid trip.

Originality: 10
Songwriting: 8
Memorability: 7
Production: 7

4 Star Rating

1. Divination
2. Æon Death Knell
3. Omen of the Barren Womb
4. The Sonance of Eternal Discord
5. Serpentine as Lustful Nightmare
6. Ascending Into the Pantheon
Ascaris - Vocals, Saxophone, Cello
Matron Thorn - Guitars, Bass, Drums, Vocals, Noise
Record Label: I,Voidhanger Records


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