Arkhon Infaustus
Orthodoxyn


3.5
great

Review

by rasputin USER (196 Reviews)
January 28th, 2008 | 25 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Satanas, Magnificat Satanas

And then God gave us music, it was played well and God heard that it was good. He was happy with His creation, and even happier that his followers were using music to spread His love and to create harmony within their community. But Satan was watching from his fiery abode, and thought to himself, ‘Hmm, pre-marital sex and homosexuals aren’t enough, I may be able to pull more people over to Sin by using music. Brilliant!’

So then Satan created Arkhon Infaustus.

Orthodoxyn is the fourth album from the French black/death hybrid, and it truly is the epitome of evil in music. Their sound is sludgy, dirty, invasive, brutal, and so incredibly brilliant. Everything about the album is done perfectly, and for a long time I considered giving this album a 5. I’ve decided that it’s not quite a 5, and it’s actually better in smaller doses, but there isn’t much that is wrong with this album. Arkhon Infaustus have really gone out and made an album to the best of their abilities, which in this case was a very good album.

I don’t think I was overly wowed by the technical prowess of the band at any moment on the album, but this is not to say the album has simple music. All members are proficient at their instruments, and they really gel together to create some outstanding moments on the album. Almost every song on here has sections which really sat me on my arse, and even now after 5 weeks, I am totally blown away by how heavy this album is. It just does not let up in delivering heavy riff after heavy riff, be it a slow, punishing riff that just punches its way into your mind, or riffs that are just furiously chaotic. The songs on the album do not follow any set structure which makes it an even more enjoyable listen, and each song melds into the next one without losing any of its originality. This is aided by the fact the band have put no pauses between the songs, so each song makes an extremely smooth transition into another 5-6 minutes of smashing your face into the ground and sending you straight to Hell.

To complement the dirty sound, the vocals are some of the dirtiest and most brutal I have ever heard. The vocalist, DK Deviant, has one of the most diverse ranges I have ever heard. He screams in a high pitch, he growls with a moderate tone, and he can make guttural sounds that are simply in a class of their own. Depending on the music behind him, he adopts either a black metal style or a death metal style. For example, on Le Particule de Dieu, there is slower part in which the vocals are very reminiscent of typical black metal vocals. However, elsewhere on the album, when the riffs are coming hard and fast, Deviant goes low and shows us how his intestines sound. Lyrically, the album is a whole level above both its black and death metal counterparts. They are superbly written, and are centred around the single theme of Satan. It’s mostly in English, asides from the track Le Particule de Dieu, which is in French. I don’t know about other people, but I have a thing for listening to harsh vocals in different languages, and this is no exception. Even though it is only one track, it makes the whole album better for me. The vocals on this particular song actually reminds me very much of Mirrorthrone.

I was unsure of which genre to place this band in, because Orthodoxyn takes quite a lot from both the black and death metal genres. However, I’m under the assumption that their earlier work was more black metal orientated, so I’ve put the band under black metal. The music on the album is very varied, both in terms of tempo, and sound. Obviously, there are tremelo-picked sections, but then these are contrasted with huge riffs which are either delivered in a furious manner, or thunderously slow.

A lot of people by now are probably thinking that this band is some lame Dissection clone, with a similar lyrical theme to that of Deicide. You couldn’t be more far from wrong. The thing that sets this apart from Deicide in terms of the satanic themes is that they aren’t so overly ridiculous and lame as is the case with Deicide. Asides from the fact that musically I enjoy this album over any Deicide release except for perhaps The Stench of Redemption, this album does not end up being a lame attempt at trying to sound evil. It really succeeds. I think they are somewhat similar to Dissection in this respect, because they had similar themes but are definitely not lame. And on the point of whether this is a Dissection clone, one just has to listen to the album to realise that it isn’t.

I’ve already mentioned that this album sounds very dirty and rough, but do not make the assumption that I was talking about the production. On the contrary, the production on the album is superb with everything sounding clear and smooth. It is the actual music itself that sounds dirty and dank. This is probably the best produced black metal album I have ever listened to, and it actually is a huge benefit because the album would not sound as heavy as it does if the production was not up to the standard that it is.

The final point I’d like to make about this great album, is the artwork. Simple, bland, but with some interesting and intricate pictures, it’s definitely an alluring cover for an album. If I had seen it randomly and had not actually been looking for it, I do not doubt that it would have caught my eye.

In conclusion, this is definitely not an album to be missed. I’d recommend it to anybody who likes black metal, or death metal, or metal in general, so basically everybody, because if you don’t listen to metal then you don’t exist. Anyway, yes, this is highly recommended.



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rasputin
January 28th 2008


14555 Comments


On a small review binge, both these reviews somehow finished together, and I have not had much time at all this month to write reviews so I want to get them up so everyone can party.

BallsToTheWall
January 28th 2008


44805 Comments


Another review!!! And metal, it's taking up the whole page as it should. I was planning on writing one for Draconian, either i'll hold up or do it later today. Great review again.

rasputin
January 28th 2008


14555 Comments


Yeah, both these reviews have been slowly added to for the past week or so, and tonight I had some spare time. I'm in Stuttgart on exchange (in case I havent already told you but i probably have) and on the weekends I'm off exploring places so i dont really have time to write. However, this review was a little more inspired because I was in Paris over the weekend :D


soul27
January 28th 2008


38 Comments


Superb review; made me really want to check this out!

Just listened to 'When They Have Called' on their Myspace and I liked it, so now I just need to find the album somewhere!

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
January 28th 2008


16478 Comments


Great review man.

Slaytan
January 28th 2008


1186 Comments


it truly is the epitome of evil in music. Their sound is sludgy, dirty, invasive, brutal, and so incredibly brilliant.

Sounds like my cup of tea. Goob job rez. /pos

rasputin
January 28th 2008


14555 Comments


Cheers for the comments guys. I think this is one of those hidden gems that you find every now and then, definitely try and get your hands on it. I bought it in HMV in London, in the Covent Garden store. I haven't seen it anywhere else, Australia, Ireland or Germany. Ironically, I didn't see it in Paris either.

Slaytan
January 28th 2008


1186 Comments


Hey reznor, have you heard Merrimack? Their album ...Of Entropy and Life Denial... is amazing. I think you'd thoroughly enjoy it.

rasputin
January 29th 2008


14555 Comments


no..., I've never heard of it. I'll look into it. Is it similar to Arkhon Infaustus?

AngelPhoenix
January 29th 2008


2764 Comments


How do you guys find this stuff to put it up here? If it wasn't for this site my metal-palette would be drab indeed, but then how do YOU find the stuff to bring it to me? Which I thank all the reviewers and other fine members of this wonderful site for btw

rasputin
January 29th 2008


14555 Comments


I find a lot of stuff from sputnik as well, and most often just by surfing on the net, you'll find some new bands. When I look up a new band, I'll come across a whole bunch more. Sites like last.fm also help out, and albums shared over blogs have been a big way for me to find new music.

Crimson
January 29th 2008


1935 Comments


last.fm isn't very good though, most of the bands they recommend to me are pretty shite tbh.

rasputin
January 29th 2008


14555 Comments


Well I've only been on last.fm for a couple of months, so most of the bands that I get recommended are bands I actually already listen too but haven't listened to for a couple of months, so im not too sure how good it is, but as you say, it's not good, I'm just yet to find out. I've only had one proper recommendation from it so far and that's Hypocrisy.

soul27
January 29th 2008


38 Comments


Small correction it seems...'Magnificent' Satanas is actually 'Magnificat' Satanas. Well that's what google says at least.

rasputin
January 29th 2008


14555 Comments


Very true, I just checked the CD case and it seems I have misread. Edit is now underway, cheers for that.

EDIT: all doneThis Message Edited On 01.29.08

Slaytan
January 29th 2008


1186 Comments


Is it similar to Arkhon Infaustus?

Judging by your review, it sounds as though they have alot in common.

rasputin
January 30th 2008


14555 Comments


ohok, I'll see if I can find them

soul27
February 9th 2008


38 Comments


Narcofili Sancti kicks ass.

Zoo
February 9th 2008


3759 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Wierd, I was listening to Perdition Insanabilis when I saw this. It sounds as though this is a deal better than PI. I'll have to get this.

rasputin
February 10th 2008


14555 Comments


I just bought Perdition Insanabilis today, maybe will review it once I get around to listening to it.



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