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Monday, July 2, 2018

Review: Misanthropic Rage - Igne Natura Renovatur Integra

The Polish metallers of Misanthropic Rage, consisting of AR (vocals/guitars/drum programming) and W (vocals/bass/drum programming), exist as a band since 2015. In 2016, they released their debut EP (Qualia) and debut full-length (Gates No Longer Shut, read our review here). Now, since March 12th, this Polish duo released the successor of Gates No Longer Shut. This second full-length is titled Igne Natura Renovatur Integra.

Opening track Call All Your Angels starts with a calm guitar-intro. A few moments later it gets a more ritualistic and ominous vibe due to the added vocals. After approximately 2:30 minutes into the 7:30 minutes-during track, Misanthropic Rage breaks loose with their pure, misanthropic, hellenic rage of black metal.

Something that immediately stands out are the very strong vocals. Whether it will be the clean vocals in for example Abstrakt, The Agony Of Breath or in the sometimes a bit more melodic, proggy closing track The Truth Shall Be Told, the haunting ghost-like vocals in the background of In Embrace Of Sanity or the aforementioned misanthropic screams, it doesn't matter, the vocals are all very strong throughout the entire album.

Instrumentally, Igne Natura Renovatur Integra also contains a lot of variation, in both song structures as well as in tempo. Something that is recurring regularly are the high, gazing guitars mixed with the heavier riffing. A few times there also is a nice solo to be heard, as for example in The Hammer And The Nails. Every track on Igne Natura Renovatur Integra contains some musical surprises. Some tracks have a more ritualistic vibe (for example Bliźni mój), a more atmospheric layer (for example Abstrakt) or are a bit more raging (for example Become A God-Man). Another great track is the a bit march-like The Agony Of Breath with some ambient sounds in the background, ending an almost hypnotic finish.

Another track I want to mention specifically is the title track, in the track list shortened to I.N.R.I.. Starting with some great guitar-tunes, which will return a few times, I.N.R.I. starts very nice. This track can, partly due to its guitar-sound, almost be described as epic. Epic, black metal style of course. When earth bursts open and will be engulfed by hell, I.N.R.I. by Misanthropic Rage would very nicely serve as a soundtrack to this event.

With Igne Natura Renovatur Integra, Misanthropic Rage delivered a very nice album which fits mostly into the black metal-genre. However to be honest, this is a recommended album for everyone who digs some variation in a metal-album, especially for those also really digging the more extreme sides of metal. Igne Natura Renovatur Integra is potential year list-material, recommended for sure!

Written by Tim van Velthuysen

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