ARS VENEFICIUM “The Reign of the Infernal King”

“The Reign of the Infernal King”
(Immortal Frost Productions)

Battle Helm Rating

I’ve said it before and I will keep saying it. Bands with Latin names are a weakness of mine. I don’t know what it is about Latin but it really is a metal language. ARS VENEFICIUM has a very black metal-ish tone to it. You just know that this has to suck major ass for me to not like it. And I have no such expectations. This has a very specific sound. It is almost industrial without sounding industrial. I don’t know if that is a drum machine but is has that ring to it. And it works. It gives this album a feel of machinery. An unrelenting pounding. A Sisyfosian feeling of impotence, that no matter what you do you’ll end up on spot A again. The repetition is what makes this move forward. The stubbornness of not giving up on that riff. I like it. Anders Ekdahl

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