4/11/2017 - Review by: Greg Watson
Dark and oppressive black metal that would make Lucifer and the Old Ones proud
I've listened to a lot of black metal over the years and there are releases that really give me that feeling of imminent evil and malevolence. French band Corpus Diavolis take that feeling and amp it up significantly with "Atra Lumen", the band's third full-length album. Musically the band has a sound that blends black metal, death metal and doom together to create this vastly oppressive sound that just makes you feel as though you are down in the pits of Hell. You get blackened death vocals with some chanting and atmospheric sound effects utilized for mood to add to the dark aura of the album. The lyrics focus around magickal rites and philosophy of the left hand path...no sunshine and rainbows here kids. What impressed me most about the album is just the feel that all the combined elements creates. Take a stroll down the left hand path, I think you'll like it.
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