Listening to the album straight through is a workout, both harrowing and exhausting, but the payoff is very worth it.
Dubbed as Thermodynamic Oceanic Black Metal, the project rolls through a vast multitude of styles, all shored up on the coral reef of black metal.
…the truth is that In Lingua Mortua sounds more like a journey to an imaginary soundtrack made by King Crimson, Emperor, Mayhem, Insahn and John Zorn all playing together in ensemble mode.
The self titled release actually feels much longer in a wild ‘What just happened?’ kind of way.
What a year it’s been! There is no way a top 50 album is enough to truly express the fantastic year of music that was 2018. Nevertheless, check it out, comment, agree, argue, enjoy!
The music is also most reminiscent, to me, of free jazz, finding inspiration in many different styles of music, past and present, and then gutting them, turning them on their head, and subverting them in the most difficult ways.
Scorching solos, bone crushing chord progressions, and hanging onto one note so long it makes an uncomfortably long Family Guy joke look tame
With a broad brush stroke, MRTVI paints a decidedly finite portrait on the ever growing and ever evolving landscape of contemporary black metal.