In the Constellation of the Black Widow [2009]

 

A band I stumbled upon while casually switching between forums on ultimatemetalforums.com, I am glad I bothered downloading that particular album which was under discussion. For a band hailing from UK, the music they’ve produced is nothing like I’ve heard before. Self-proclaimed as being a black metal band, it is an awesome change from that stereotyped genre. Uniquely bloodthirsty is the phrase that comes to my mind whenever “In the Constellation of the Black Widow” starts to play on my media player.

A two member band, they’ve not let that come into their way of producing quality brutal black metal. The first track (title track) is just a preface to the onslaught that proceeds throughout the rest of the album. The entire album is worth it, getting shitfaced and then head banging till the neck actually starts cursing and the world is a blur.

Vocals consist of both shrieks and guttural screeches to clean archaic wails (eerie). V.I.T.R.I.O.L (Vocals, did an awesome job with Benediction too) outdid himself with the variety he has displayed in this album. I’m not a big fan of bree as such but it suited the mood of the album as such, especially since it wasn’t accompanied by the off sounding snares which is common to most grindcore bands. Percussions were pretty neat, not fuck-this-is-the-shit awesome but immaculate enough for this album and its sound.  Pinches and highly creative patches have been created by Irrumator (Mike Kenney, only band that I have heard of that he has worked with is “Fukpig”) on most of the tracks. And I must say after this album I am in half mind to try Fukpig too😀

V.I.T.R.I.O.L  stated that

The album will feature a curve ball guest appearance from Zeitgeist Memento of Mexican extremists Republika.

Exactly what this is about I haven’t a clue. Since I have learnt that Annal Nathrakh do not publish their lyrics per say, queer as that might be their music sounds very misanthropic and has that apocalyptic tone to it. But straight out, a fan of Behemoth, Napalm Death or Ihsahn would go fucking insane listening to these guys.

The only flaw I found was the monotony in the entire album, very similar sounding music which couldn’t display the versatility of the band. Other reviews I’ve read state the very opposite, but to me they could’ve done better than this. I’m not saying to go all out like Opeth with acoustics and thrash riffs in the same album (how the fuck do they do that?) but some variation. It was almost like a gapless album which sucks if it is not meant to be one.

Terror in the Mind of God had a pleasant change in the second half of the track. Apart from that song The Unbearable Filth of the Soul and the Lucifer Effect are my favourite tracks from the album. The Tracklist is:

  1. In The Constellation Of The Black Widow
  2. I Am The Wrath Of Gods And The Desolation Of The Earth Music
  3. More Of Fire Than Blood
  4. The Unbearable Filth Of The Soul
  5. Terror In The Mind Of God
  6. So Be It
  7. The Lucifer Effect
  8. Oil Upon The Sores Of Lepers
  9. Satanarchist
  10. Blood Eagles Carved On The Backs Of Innocents

Rating- 7.5/10

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