On The Mortals
Magus Caligula (Vocals)
Special guest performance on Bass by Gustaf Hielm
DARK FUNERAL: "Attera
Totus Sanctus" dark
distributed in Switzerland by Irascible Distribution
2 reviews : by Boris "Azrael" Witta and Patric "Blasta" Hubacher
review by Boris "Azrael" Witta ___
Attera Totus Sanctus. In English: Destroy all the Holy.
By now, the message should be clear. Since 1993, the Swedish Dark Funeral spread their satanic philosophy, and this album is their fourth chapter of blackness. First and most important question: Did the ineffable kings of darkness top their masterpiece so far, “Diabolis Interium”? Answer: No. But, and this is a big but, the quartet created another Black Metal-inferno on a very high level of quality. What is new, what’s different in comparison with “Diabolis Interium”? Well, first of all, the voice of Emperor Magus Calicula has changed its way of expression, the maniac shouts and screams are more hysterical, and sometimes, this sounds a bit special. There might be people who will get problem with this fact. Me not.
Second change: The songs need more time to grow, most of the time, the rhythm guitar dominates, the melodylines, the freezing, destroying “harmonies” appear more subtly than ever before. But when discovered, you will be fettered by them. Best examples for this is the opener “King Antichrist”, in my opinion the fastest Dark Funeral-song ever, where Blast-monster Matte Modin shows all of his abilities. Also “Feed On The Mortals” needs to be counted to the catchy songs.
On most of the album, Dark Funeral didn’t reach their
target to compose more slower songs, but I guess this is also absolutely
not necessary. A true fan of the Swedish horde wants fast, furious and
crushing Black Metal-killers, and that’s what he gets most of the time
on “Attera Totus Sanctus”: “King Antichrist” (as mentioned
before), “666 Voices Inside” (cliché-title of the
year, but the
track with the highest mark of mediocrity,
the riffs are just too simple), “Atrum Regina” (heroical!) or
“Final Ritual” are all reigned by blastbeats. Also the titletrack
deserves our attention: evil growing, with a fanatic, total gripping
chorus and slow parts including roaring doublebasses, and last but not
least, a small but kind guitar solo. And of course, there are also
blastbeats… And here the slow song: “Atrum Regina” starts with
sad, melancholic melodies, and then it’s time to bang, Midtempo
fucking rules! A song in the tradition of “The Goddess Of Sodomy”
from the last album.
the conclusion: “Attera Totus Sanctus” is the logical next step of
Dark Funeral on their satanic march. Then why “only” 8 out of 10
points? Well, some songs (“666 Voices Inside”, “Angel Flesh
Impaled”) don’t have the little shred, which makes a very good song
to a top song, a classic, and as I said before, the songs need more time
to grow than before. But one thing is clear: Dark Funeral are unable to
create a bad album, and they show this impressive with “Attera Totus
review by Patric "Blasta" Hubacher ___
the waiting has a End. After four Years of Troubles with the old Label
“No Fashion Records” ; Dark Funeral are back!!!!!! Real Hard, Real
Black and most of all,
Melancholic Melodies with a murdering Blast-Inferno.
time, Mr. Caligula tries different Styles with his Voice and that sounds
Regina” is the only “Outsider” – a slow song! Yeah you`ve
right, - a
Song! I love Dark Funeral with blasting fast Songs, so its up to you to
taste for it.
Attera Totus Sanctus
is an immense hard and evil Piece of Music, well produced by
if you search for real Blackmetal, you have to know this CD... buy it,
then go out
and watch them Live!
Patric "Blasta" Hubacher
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