Out of the catacombs emerges a new cold stench, that of Spain’s darkness dwellers Muert. This unholy trio’s extreme fascination with death has manifested itself in this, an unholy mound of necro metal “excavated from cursed soil.” With guitars that slice like a razored search for a soul beneath the skin, drums as cold and blunt as coffin nails, and a hostile and reverberating vocal emitting all kinds of tortured, misshapen grunts, Muert’s frost-bitten black metal is demonically dense and belligerently absorbing.
What begins as just another black metal album quickly becomes compelling as Muert’s darkness makes its power felt as the album progresses. Shifting between the primitive and hateful and the desperate and devastating, the blastbeats and the tremolo-picked riffs are chaotic and bruising and finely honed for impact with the slow and grim passages deepening the already bleak and dank atmosphere. Not that it starts off badly at all, far from it. Where the spiked and jagged riffs of ‘Holocaust In The Christian Tombs’ and the firewall of ‘Hordes In Battle’ are bludgeoning, ‘In The Graveyard My Perdition’ is just blackened filth. But with ‘The Hateful Ritual’, the strongest elements of the band become one in its passages of slow despair, its riffs of surging might, and its savage groove. From here, ‘Mysteriorum Prophanationis Sepulcralis’ comes into its own and the remainder of the album overshadows the first half, ‘Noelia Old Skull’ and ‘Storm In The Cathedral Of God’ closing the album with the band’s capacity to bludgeon shimmering on the blood-lit moon. With souls black and mortal coils discarded, Muert can safely die another day. A great debut.
MYSTERIORUM PROPHANATIONIS SEPULCRALIS
Review by Jason Guest
14th Sept 2012
1) Introducing Death
2) Holocaust in the Christian Tombs
3) Hordes in Battle
4) In the Graveyard My Perdition
5) Burial in the Forest
6) The Hateful Ritual
7) A Night with no Mercy
8) Noelia Old Skull
9) Storm in the Cathedral of God
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"...Muert’s frost-bitten black metal is demonically dense and belligerently absorbing."