VI – De Praestigiis Angelorum

“The band´s debut full length album “De Praestigiis Angelorum” has that French Black Metal sound; progressive, deviant, forward-thinking and aggressive and hateful. The songs have flair, high in musicianship, veteran quality not to be questioned.”

GENRE: Black Metal
LABEL: Agonia Records
RUNNING TIME: 44:54
COUNTRY: France
YEAR: 2015
LINK: VI

TRACKLIST:

  1. Et in pulverem mortis deduxisti me
  2. Par le jugement causé par ses poisons
  3. La terre ne cessera de se consumer
  4. Regardes tes cadavres car il ne te permettra pas qu´on les enterre
  5. Une place parmi les morts
  6. Voilá l´homme qui ne te prenait pas comme seigneur
  7. Il est trop tard pour rendre gloire ainsi la luminére sera changée en ombre de la mort
  8. Plus aucun membre ne sera rendu

REVIEW:

The French Black Metal scene has had a damn strong year! From newcomers like Verlies, longstanding pillars such as Temple Of Baal or twisted side projects like Decline Of The I, a dangerous cocktail is being stirred. Newest addition to the expanding Noire Metal fields are VI, a vile mutation of members residing in other quality acts like Aosoth, Merrimack and The Order Of Apollyon.

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De Praestigiis Angelorum

“De Praestigiis Angelorum” has that French Black Metal sound; progressive, deviant, forward-thinking and aggressive and hateful. The songs have flair, high in musicianship, veteran quality not to be questioned. At times, comparisons to Norway´s experimentalists Dødheimsgard seem fitting. The same abrasive riff assaults, almost moving towards industrial dissonances, rich in detail and screechy at the same time. The main difference is that VI are more rooted in traditional Black Metal aggression and do not venture into avantgardism.

“Par le jugement causé par ses poisons” and “Il est trop tard pour rendre gloire ainsi la luminére sera changée en ombre de la mort” (long titles, can´t beat them) are the best examples of the sound described above. There are a handful of atmospheric tricks at work serving as gaps between the two chapters, shaping the album´s concept, otherwise you´ve got forty-five minutes of well done Black Metal at your disposal. The vocals are a bit buried in the mix, which can take off some of the aggression, but I think the mix has a sense of urgency that the songs benefit from.

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VI

The French Black Metal scene spews out so much greatness these days, that even a “traditionally” sounding album such as “De Praestigiis Angelorum” has such a high standard in execution, and that´s definitely saying something. Turn your eyes and ears to France and start digging into scene.

Mark: 8/10

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