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OCCULTUM
OCCULTUM
Towards Eternal Chaos
(Old Temple)
39:11min

From the ashes of Polish band AMAROK, this is the debut album of their new outfit named OCCULTUM, and indeed a very good start. Poland never ceases to provide good bands when it comes to the most obscure and / or extreme Metal genres, with OCCULTUM not being an exception. It seems that this corner of the world really understood how to convey the dark message with mastery, such are the lifeless mood both music and lyrics seem to provoke. Nearly 40 minutes of cold and harsh Black Metal are to be found in “Towards Eternal Chaos”, and here’s a band to keep your eyes on. The songs consist of an intense mid-paced Black Metal, adorned with agonizing vocals of all sorts leading a really grotesque procession. ‘Satan’s Era’ in special, is one of the songs drawing more my attention given the choir-like chants that added an extra bit to the band’s notorious ability to darken the brightest of environments. Everything overflows of grimness in this album, but I believe that are the small details like guitar arrangements, despairing women’s screams and drumming slight fills that stand out in this album musically-wise. As for the atmosphere, “Towards Eternal Chaos” sounds as a quite uplifting band, playing slow but no “down” moments, but a rather ever-growing sense of being possessed by their darkness. Something that drew my attention was the guitar tone, which made me think of several countries claiming to share an specific tone among their bands (as the famous Swedish guitar tone, or the Greek Black Metal sound, among my favourites). OCCULTUM seems to share a certain similarity with the latest bands hailing from Poland, which can be an indication that something big might be taking shape over there. The line-up is not stated anywhere, but I’d say that some slower passages really remind me a bit of MGLA’s style too, which makes me think if they share members or at least played together before. If not, I would not think twice before recommending it to their fans, even if the bands sound pretty different as a whole. All in all, an album worth looking for. The type of album you find something new everytime you revisit it. More info at www.facebook.com/occultum-1503781133262749, www.oldtemple.com

Diego Rodrigues

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