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Misanthropic Rage - Igne Natura Renovatur Integra (2018) - Review

Band: Misanthropic Rage
Album title: Igne Natura Renovatur Integra
Release date: 12 March 2018
Label: Godz Ov War Productions

Tracklist:
01. Call All Your Angels
02. Bliźni Mój
03. Become A God-Man
04. Abstrakt
05. I.N.R.I.
06. The Hammer And The Nails
07. The Agony Of Breath
08. In Embrace Of Sanity
09. The Thruth Shall Be Told

Avantgarde black metal masters Misanthropic Rage brought us their sophomore album named Igne Natura Renovatur Integra. Already the band's debut album, Gates No Longer Shut, was very well received and it featured different textures and styles allied to the good old black metal. Those who have not yet had the opportunity to be introduced to this band are missing a lot. Misanthropic Rage came out in 2015 and is formed by main composer, guitarist, backing vocalist and programmer AR (ArthWork, Obsolence), and vocalist, bassist, programmer W (Obsolence).

Igne Natura Renovatur Integra ("All Nature is Renewed by Fire") is a controversial black metal skull smash that pleasantly melts furious riffs with unique touches of epic guitars, fantastic crescendos, many solos and very varied and well mixed progressive elements, everything spiced up with well inserted electronic samples. The album sounds more developed than its predecessor and we are presented to nine tracks and 52 minutes of drizzling enigmatic material. No monotony or boring repetitions in here, everything is also completed with insane lyrics about the creation and purgation of souls. Igne Natura Renovatur Integra shows in a very professional way that this two guys have been working incessantly on this material to present all of their creative potential.

This is an obscure, but technically demanding album full of atmosphere and already the opener, "Call All Your Angels", in the beginning is making kind of ritualistic ambiance before it blows out your brain with a howling tortured vocals. The melody is maintained all the time when the band increases the heaviness of the song. Then there are a lot of slow and reflective moments in "Bliźni Mój", the only track with lyrics in Polish language. Most of the time they are keeping the pace fast and  heavy, with dense instrumentation, powerful rhythms, aggression, varied vocal approaches, from typical blackened shrieks, deep growls, to clean vocals. The tracks are beyond anger, but yet there are several moments of gentle melancholy allowing the listener to take some breath, for example in "Abstrakt", "I.N.R.I." or especially in the closing one "The Thruth Shall Be Told".

I liked the album a lot and the tracks that I enjoyed the most are, "Call All Your Angels", "Bliźni Mój", "The Hammer And The Nails", "In Embrace Of Sanity" and the last track "The Thruth Shall Be Told". I would also like to mention the obscure album cover artwork created by Maciej Kamuda, a true work of art that visually captured the atmosphere of this cold and aggressive, and most of all truly compelling avantgarde black metal. Igne Natura Renovatur Integra represents everything that avantgarde black metal is about, but there are several other elements from different genres used in here, like for example some death, thrash, progressive, ambient and industrial metal as well. The band is in a peculiar and lush way presenting something that could be considered as a new way for black metal. And this Polish duo really stands out from the vanguardist ranks with this album.

Review written by: Felin Frost
Rating: 8,5/10

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Band: Red Sun Revival
Album title: Identities
Release date: 19 June 2015
Label. Echozone/Ressurection Records

When the London based four piece Red Sun Revival released their debut album, Running From The Dawn, in 2012, the gothic rock fans were nothing but mesmerized and hooked by its ethereal emotional melodies, yet very personal and deeply moving songs. Then the EP named Embers brought one hell of a promising four tracks where the band showed even more matured compositional skills. With Identities the band got even more unique sound, even though the typical gothic rock elements perfected before by The Mission, Nosferatu, The Cure and Fields Of The Nephilim are present all over, but done in such kind of soundtrack-ish style, with pinch of pop like edge in some rhythmic lines, with emotions pouring out with every chord, every beat and every word, I don't believe we ever heard something alike before. Identities with all of the ten featured songs is as opposed to the debut album written not only by bands mastermind Rob Leydon, this time also bassist Panos Theodoropoulous took a part in the compositional process and the consequence are even more flowing, lush and original soundscapes, even Rob Leydon's voice has almost nothing to do anymore with Carl McCoy. In a way I can go as far and say that if later era Pink Floyd were ever going to make gothic rock then something similar could came up. Identities offers a myriad of amazing moments that flow like a tender warm breeze of the most refined darkness, thus exposing all of its beauty to the one who'll give to this release a careful listen.

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