Limbonic Art - Opus Daemoniacal (2024)


Limbonic Art was definitely one of our favorite bands growing up, with their fantastic Symphonic elements back in those days, their sound was revolutionary. After breaking up for some years, Daemon brought back the band to life with a more guitar driven approach, slowly chipping away at the atmospherics that made them stand out. Featuring seven tracks and nearly 50 minutes of music, this release is pretty solid if you expect a certain old-school Norwegian Black Metal sound without the synths.

Opening with the blistering “Ad Astra et Abyssos”, we hear that Daemon has not lost a step in delivering some truly impressive riffs and crafty melodies. This whirlwind approach permeates tracks like “Deify Thy Master”, “Consigned to The Flames” and “Vir Triumphalis”, creating a very high-octane vibe while unleashing those old-school Black Metal elements that we all love. This release sounds like it could have been released in the late 90’s, early 2000’s and we love it for that.

However, when a band continues on a very similar path for many years, music starts to blend in together and this is exactly what happens with this release as “I am your Demo” and “The Wrath of Storms” just feel like a blur. Don’t get us wrong, we love the craftsmanship and intensity, particularly the intense drumming and relentless riffing, but it gets a bit too linear in this release. Longer tracks like “Ars Diavoli” are well crafted, and deliver some lively atmospherics in terms of clean vocals, making this one in particular, or favorite of this release.

As a whole, “Opus Daemoniacal” is a solid release with plenty of great songs and solid ideas. The band’s style will never go out of fashion and Black Metal fans will love it, however, it should get some newer influences and additional elements to break its shell and grow with the times. While Limbonic Art is a household name in the genre, other bands have moved in on their territory and taken over, so it is time for their Deamon (pun intended) to wake up and evolve.

Band: Limbonic Art Album: Opus Daemoniacal

Label: Kyrck Productions & Armour

Release: June 28th, 2024

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Genre: Black Metal

Country: Norway

Rating: 93/100

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