Filii Nigrantium Infernalium – “Hostia” (Osmose Productions)
Filii Nigrantium Infernalium. Now that’s quite a mouthful. Even more so when you consider that beyond worshipping the dark one, this Portuguese trio lay down their souls equally to the gods of hard rock and heavy metal rock n roll! Self styled Black Heavy Metallists, Filii Nigrantium Infernalium have been in the game for close to 3 decades stirring their uncompromising bile that is influenced by early Sodom and Bathory as much as Hellhammer and early Kreator. From the unforgettably blasphemous prayer words uttered by world (in)famous necropoet N.S. Perpétua to the outrageous take of the Vatican’s baroque frescoes on the cover art, expect nothing short of hell to be unleashed on ‘Pó’ with some truly agonised wailing from guitarist Belathauzer as his razor slide riffing instantaneously hooks you in while bassist and screaming vocalist Helregni demolishes with this bludgeoning bass while the calmly named Maalm does anything but that with his holocausto drumming! Still, it’s not done without talent and the band certainly show their measure be it on the delicate spanish guitar work introducing the unforgettable black thrash of ‘Autos de Fé’ which skillfully mixes the screams of Udo Dirkschneider with the whirring Brazilian thrash of Sarcofago, or the haunting heavy metal of ‘A Morte é Real e Para Já’, with its raw melodies, screams and thudding drums hammering away into your brain memorably! Setting me on fire was the black doom intro of ‘Cadela Cristã’ with its bone crunching bass and dark warbling before alternating with blast beating furor where Maalm showed his double bass precision drumming talents, proving why this band have such a legacy. Sung entirely in their native Portuguese, which only seems to add to the appeal of this wild and diversely attractive release, “Hostia” more than makes up for the 5 years since we heard from Filii Nigrantium Infernalium!