The Italians do Black Metal quite well don't they? Be it post-black courtesy of Janvs, experimental-black courtesy of Spite Extreme Wing or, in this case, death-black thanks to Nefarium. There's no fancy theatrics or histrionics here (barring some strings on 'Servus Sevorum Satanae'), just brutal riffing over blast-beating headaches. But, that makes it sound so one-dimensional and tired. So, imagine the flair that Vader bring to modern death metal and apply it to the blackened death genre, and this is what Nefarium bring to the party. These are tight, well-written songs with an atmosphere of horrible pain. Without fear of hyperbole, this could be blackened-death's very own 'Reign in Blood', 'Left Hand Path', or 'Beneath the Remains'. It's focussed, free from filler, savage, and makes you want to do whatever it is that angry young men do these days. Ignore the cartoon lyrics though; unless you're into the whole Satanic Majesty shtick. Put simply: incredible.
Review by Steve Cowan
10th May 2010
1) Tongue Of The First Pope (Simon Peter)
2) Hands Bleeding Fear (Pontius Pilate)
3) The Bastard Son Of Satan (Jesus Christ)
4) Shepherd For Dead Lambs (Johan The Baptist)
5) Sharpening The Spear Of Longinus (Cassius Longinus)
6) Servus Servorum Satanae (Benedictus XVI)
7) Seven Whores Of Magdala (Mary Magdaleine)
8) Mass Infanticide By The King Of Judea (Herod The Great)
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"Without fear of hyperbole, this could be blackened-death's very own 'Reign in Blood', 'Left Hand Path', or 'Beneath the Remains'."