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Aosoth – V: The Inside Scriptures
Band – Aosoth
Album – V: The Inside Scriptures
Country of Origin – France
Genre – Black/Death Metal
Release Date – November 17th, 2017
Label – Agonia Records
Author – Hayduke X
V: The Inside Scriptures is apparently the culmination of a cycle of albums by this band. I think it would make for an illuminating experience to spend a day (or night) in a darkened room listening to them all, but so far, I’m only familiar with this one. That just means I have work to do, as this release is immense in the best possible way. Aosoth covers the listener in a blanket of woven vipers and thorns. The dim light that comes diffuses through serves only to allow you to visualize the horrors they present. The tension presented on this release is so thick that it can’t be cut with a knife. Perhaps a chainsaw would suffice.
Primarily a project of MkM (Antaeus) and Bst (The Order of Apollyon, VI) on vocals and guitars/production respectively, this album also features INRVI (VI, ex-Antaeus) on bass, Saroth (Hell Militia, Temple of Baal, The Order of Apollyon) on second guitar, and T. (Temple of Baal, Glorior Belli, and VI) on drums. Together, they form a dense coagulation of strangled purpose, pushing the vicious black metal in the direction of discordant black metal. The result is all-encompassing, destructive beauty.
The Inside Scriptures is a visceral album. The listener feels as much as hears the darkness presented. Sublime beauty is underlain by a malevolent presence seeking to trap you forever. You are cast open upon this bastion of blackest night.
Recommendation: Let the poison soak deep inside.