Review: Adaestuo – Tacent Semitae

Posted: September 24, 2016 in ALERT: Awesome new music, Reviews
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Adaestuo are one of those odd, otherworldly black metal bands that summon true darkness, true uncomfortableness. It seems, with the plethora of balck metal out there, that its easy to take the frozen second wave approach and smash away for 40 mins, barely changing tempo or chord. Adaestuo are different, and thank fuck for that. Their debut mini album ‘Tacent Semitae’ is out 11th November on WTC Productions.

Channelling vintage tremolo riffing through a murky, industrial tunnel of strange effects and smothering it with a foggy production, opener ‘The Abyss (Otchlan)’ is defiantly one of the weirdest bits of extremity you’ll come across. The ghostly dramatics of the clean vocals, meshed with the jagged rasp of a more obvious black metal style, makes for quite the uneasy listen. Speaking of uneasy, the terrifying dark ambient/industrial emanation of ‘Cicatrices Plexae (Scar-Braids)’ is ultra creepy, and each twist of the black metal blueprint takes you deeper and deeper into Adaestuo’s dark maelstrom.

The ravage of ‘Destroyer of Constellations (Niszczycielem Gwiazdozbiorow)’ (man that’s a mouthful) is explosive in its blasting at the start, then slowly begins to evolve into a crawling, oily monster that slips from the deepest places amongst the stars, enveloping light and hope. Closing with the title track, that emerges from mourning whispers into a gloomy and hellish soundscape where ghostly solo vocals lift from this earth into places unknown, Adaestuo break apart and reform the bonds of black metal in new and exciting ways.

I recommend this to everyone who wants something a bit different from their standard black metal. ‘Tacent Semitae’ is oppressive, otherworldly and thoroughly absorbing, and one of the most interesting black metal releases I’ve heard in years


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