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Friday, September 11, 2015

Review: Ordo Inferus - Invictus Et Aeternus


De-dust your highschool memories and history books, fellow metalheads, as today’s review features a record completely devoted to the Roman Empire! „Invictus Et Aeternus“ is the first full-length album of Ordo Inferus, a Swedish combo of musicians usually associated with diverse death/black metal bands, for instance Necrophobic and Nifelheim. The record features 12 tracks and has been released last year via Doomentia Records.

The album kicks off with a somber, doom metal-like intro. All songs on this album evolve around the dark side of the Roman times - get ready for intrigues and outrages, which is also reflected in the cover art of the album. The song titles are then also fittingly completely in Latin, as well as parts of the lyrics. Sound-wise we also travel back in time, back to the early 90s: you can clearly hear strong influences of bands such as Morbid Angel and Bolt Thrower. Great! There’s also a big portion of doom influences to this record, providing a lot of atmosphere. This rather unique concept holds a lot of promise. However, the record lacks real highlights, as the songs as well as the guitar soli (of which there are plenty) all resemble each other a bit too much, and a real trademark sound and style are missing. This doesn’t mean that this is a bad record, though. If you want to bang your head, definitely go for it!

Overall, “Invictus Et Aeternus” is a good death metal album, with a high technical standard and strong ties to the oldschool and melodic subgenres. It adds nothing new to the genre sound-wise, but the concept behind the album is nicely worked out in the lyrics. Especially give it a go if you are into oldschool death metal bands such as Bolt Thrower. 7/10.

Written by Julia Obenauer

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