22 lis 2016

Ill Omen 'Æ.Thy.Rift'

Nuclear War Now! Productions

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Since the compilation release entiteled 'Compendium Melificarum' I bacame enchanted with the music by Ill Omen. Not saying I have got all the releases in my collection, at least all the albums, split with Pestilentia and mentioned compilation. All has started in 2006 when IV have brought to life (or death?) his project Ill Omen. He has also participated in such hordes like Pestilential Shadows, Baratheon, Austere and his own projects like Perdition Oracle and Funeral Mourning. Nowadays he is active also with Nazxul and Temple Nightshade. 
'Æ.Thy.Rift' is the third album of this Australian project. Released under the banner of Nuclear War Now! Productions is enough of recommendation. Four long tracks together lasting almost 40 minutes, as easy to predict it creates an atmosphere of occult thick darkness. IV hasn't been affraid of using the keyboards since the begining of Ill Omen. This instrument in particular has the biggest influence of how this album sounds as a final result. This plus the sound of the recording session. Each instrument is recorded in a very 'live' manner but also suppressed with the sonic turbidity. The sound is seriously frightening, very obscure. All of you probably know how even the most wonderful & quiet place on earth changes when it is covered with dense fog. I can easily say the same happened here, because each sound, each part of the record dim and indistinct. But all the amorphous elements makes 'Æ.Thy.Rift' an album which is close to ritual. IV is also sueing all variations with his vocals, from Black Metal ones, to agonizing howls and whisppers. Mostly the pace on the tracks is slow, but there are also fast ones -> which I must say sounds also very ritualistic due to distant sounding instruments... The mysterious and spiritual ceremony... You can feel how devoted this is, how much deep it is with the invoking the Ancient Serpent . 
I know, that 'Æ.Thy.Rift' is not for everyone how is even in Black Metal genre. It is way too specyfic style IV has created and developed during the years. Also, such mixture of ritualistic sounding Black Metal with slow almost like Funeral Doom parts, will be too much for many. But do I care? Ill Omen created again an unique music of high spiritual standards. Recommended!