De Magia Veterum
The Divine Antithesis


4.0
excellent

Review

by ThyCrossAwaits USER (46 Reviews)
May 14th, 2011 | 37 replies | 6,499 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Sick.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Better known for his blackened industrial noise project Gnaw Their Tongues, the psychotic Dutchman Mories, here under the moniker "M", rapes eardrums and black metal convention alike with side project De Magia Veterum.

From the get-go Mories makes the crux of the album evident. For a man whose earlier work heralds impending loss of genitalia, a pink image of an inverted Christ is relatively tame, but, in combination with the album title, this image is about as subtle as a gun. Mories is adverse to religion, as any black metal musician worth his salt is expected to be, and here strives to create a exceedingly ugly portrayal of matters celestial. The astral nature of the album is notable, and it sounds like heaven is really on fire, and burning fast.

Though DMV (fun acronym, I know) has much more in common sonically with Blut Aus Nord than Mories' main project, it is shrewdly ebbed to speak of one without the other. While GTT (less amusing) has Mories dropping the thick, black weight of his churning Mordor drone on your face, with DMV he lashes out with a whirlwind of furious and scathingly raw black metal coated with fuzz and fueled by ridiculous blastbeats, more like a hissing teakettle than the boiling blast furnace of GTT. Both, however, create a similar uncomfortable feeling, a paranoid nausea. I hesitate to use the word "atmospheric", since that evokes a far prettier image than Mories creates here, but there is definitely an atmosphere to this album, like a noxious, choking cloud with plenty of lightning, shrieks and high-pitched yelps. Lest you think it repetitive, Mories does slip down out of his high buzz and into low head-nodding chug-rumblings and throaty rambles.

Most surprising is the amount of variation Mories manages to wring from a style so prone to repetition. Flaying tremolo-picking gives way to whiny fret-flitting that in turn sinks into chugging. Frantic buzzing turns to doomy dirge and into the depths of straight drone. "Torn Between Ruins, Faith, and the Divine" opens with a guttural roar befitting OSDM.

M's noise sensibilities still show through the exponentially blackened facade. While not exactly underproduced, The Divine Antithesis definitely has an overpowering lo-fi quality. The vocals are generally obscured by the nebulous riffs, which even themselves sometimes become a smear. Although Antithesis is by and large an unrelenting frenetic mass, Mories makes excellent use of the pause. While on first listen they may pass you by, there are sudden and quick breaks where silence reigns for a split second. It seems like a subtle nuance, but the shortest gaps create just enough tension to make the return of noise drop like a pendulous razorblade.

Mories hates Jesus, he hates you, he probably hates this music. He definitely doesn't care what you think. You are simply a lowly witness to his vomiting of sick ire.



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ButcheredChildren
May 14th 2011



5591 Comments


Shoutout to my boy ThyCrossAwaits, your review is well written sir! Absolutely phenomenal fucking album!

ThyCrossAwaits
May 14th 2011



3043 Comments


I feel like the band with one fanboy...

Thanks Butch. Bros before hos.

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
May 14th 2011



18012 Comments


Best BM of the year so far.

Digging: Autechre - Draft 7.30

ThyCrossAwaits
May 14th 2011



3043 Comments


Just noticed this is the second predominantly pink album I've reviewed this year...

dreamobile
May 14th 2011



416 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

great album cover. Will check this out soon.

Mauler
May 14th 2011



11 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Such an amazing album. Good review

sifFlammable
May 14th 2011



2741 Comments


Small error here: "rapes eardrums an black metal convention alike with side project De Magia Veterum." and*

Conclusion could have been better but nice review man. This album is fucking excellent.





ThyCrossAwaits
May 14th 2011



3043 Comments


fix'd. thanks sir.

ThyCrossAwaits
May 14th 2011



3043 Comments


This needs to get more attention...

Departures
May 14th 2011



872 Comments


Album rules obviously.

Digging: Blu - Good To Be Home

sniper
May 15th 2011



18955 Comments


his shrieking is so fucking good i wish he would stay away from the murmuring/speaking vocals.

Digging: Towers - Bel Air Highrise Plantation

sniper
May 15th 2011



18955 Comments


never mind, this is fucking awesome.

Oathbreaker
May 15th 2011



1649 Comments


Good shit.

ThyCrossAwaits
May 15th 2011



3043 Comments


I don't know why, but sniper01 said "murmuring" and Oathbreaker is digging Murmuure. I was amused.

ThyCrossAwaits
May 15th 2011



3043 Comments


Ok seriously, with all the black metal lovers on this site, this needs more attention.

sniper
May 15th 2011



18955 Comments


not to mention gtt lovers

ThyCrossAwaits
May 15th 2011



3043 Comments


^ 123

sniper
May 16th 2011



18955 Comments


this is a shitstorm of an album in the best possible way.

ThyCrossAwaits
May 16th 2011



3043 Comments


No offense snipe, love ya, but this needs to get some more people.

sniper
May 16th 2011



18955 Comments


yeah but that's not my fault. as long as someone keeps commenting in here it will stay on the front page.



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