Decline of the I – Rebellion – Agonia Records – Release: February 27th 2015
This was quite a tough cookie for me to swallow as this latest piece by a French project led by Adrastis Korgan is quite outside my usual range of music. It took me quite a few spins to be able to fully appreciate this very dark and very gloomy piece of (post-) black metal.
But as soon as you let go of the concept of a standard song structure and purely listen to it as music it will click. It’s all about the mood, both set by orchestration and A.K.’s troubled screams as well as a lot of French audio snippets. It’s unfortunate that I don’t know what they mean, but if you told me that it was a French version of the recording in the Evil Dead movie I’d believe it. It has that same coldly clinical speech and it really helps set the mood.
The music itself is also very dark and differs between slow and ponderous as well as frantic and a more ‘pure’ black metal sound. It certainly doesn’t shy away from surprising its audience as the penultimate song “Deus Sive Musica” starts off with a heavy dosage of industrial and drum&bass! Luckily it still fits the mood and it even explodes into a very classic black metal sound!
This album isn’t for those looking for an easy entrance, it really needs to be given a lot of attention to fully appreciate and understand. But when you do, it will sweep you along.
Score: 4 out of 5
Text by: Robert Popovic