Reviewer: Greg Watson
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.
About this Writer:Greg Watson
// Greg Watson has been hooked on the loud and heavy sounds since the summer of 1994 when he first heard the opening notes of "Operation: Mindcrime" by Queensryche. Since then his tastes have expanded and grown like the ever evolving heavy metal tree of genres. He has been an active member of Maximum Metal off and on for 10 years. In his spare time, Greg enjoys deciding the fate of his loyal subjects in the realm of Skyrim and secretly playing air keyboard to "Separate Ways" by Journey when no one is watching. He currently resides in Roanoke, VA with his wife and his metal wannabe beagle.