PROMO EP REVIEW
1. 7TH BANNER
A powerful piece of evil violence is delivered to your speaker in the form of a three-track promotional EP from this five-member death/black metal band from France. It features songs picked from their forthcoming debut album 'Violentia Imperatrix Mundi' and for our money the promotion is very successful.
Comparisons with other bands are almost unavoidable in this genre, but playing with the savageness of death metal and using black metal expression does give them an edge and helps someway to reduce those comparisons. Using the influence and technical bias of the Florida scene they manage to inject freshness into an often stale and boring style, while at the same time imparting their own European flare and individualism. The result is something that has echo's of bands such as Dark Funeral, Morbid Angel, Carcass, Vader, Cannibal Corpse and Exhumed among others while still bringing elements of their own to the party and shaping it into some rather captivating extreme metal.
Crunching metal riffs pounded out to the manic pace of death, technical guitars intermingle with blast-beats of frantic drumming, the power excentuated with excellent production. The gravel throated vocals joust with evil screaming, concocting an demonic brew sufficient to awaken the undead. Without space to rest, one after another this tirade of tyrannical depravity attacks as only it knows how. With just three tracks this is impressive genre leading stuff and promises great things for the album. They had just better send us a copy to review!
Rigsby (24th December, 2002)