Hailing from Japan today we have the mesmerizing debut EP of Anguis Dei, titled “Ad Portas Serpentium”. Delivering four majestic Symphonic/Melodic Black Metal hymns that remind us of the old days of Emperor, Old Man’s Child, Naglfar and Dimmu Borgir, this release is quite a musical experience for fans of the style.
Opening with the dramatic theatrics of “Maythorns Over Uroboros”, this track sets a high-octane pace for this release. The lush keyboards are perfectly contrasted with the hellish vocals and bestial drumming. We particularly love how the band handles tempo changes in order to inflict the most amounts of pain via killer guitar leads or atmospheric passages.
The bands barbaric path continues with the punishing “Angela Krudeliis Ambitiosa Nokturniis”, which reminds us a bit of “Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia” era Dimmu Borgir. The perfect balance between aggression and atmosphere is again a central element in this very intense and diverse track. Band’s drummer, Summum Algor, brings up a relentless intensity that can easily be compared to Nick Barker’s or Gene Hoglan.
After changing up the pace with the instrumental “Origin”, the band comes back at the listener with the demoralizing “The Lionel”. Opening with some heavy growls that morph into shrieks later on, this track features playful percussions and very intense guitar leads. Overall, “Ad Portas Serpentium” is one hell of a release filled with relentless intensity and musical brilliance. If you are a fan of old-school Symphonic/Melodic Black Metal, this is an album you can’t miss.
|Band: Anguis Dei
|Album: Ad Portas Serpentium
Label: Svart Records
Release: November 24th, 2017
Genre: Symphonic/Melodic Black Metal