Friday, October 9, 2009

Tenebrae in Perpetuum - L'Eterno Maligno Silenzio (2009)

Tenebrae in Perpetuum is one of Italy's most vile, malevolent black metal bands and this new album, their 3rd, is no exception. With each new release, the band seems to discover even more evil within their souls (if they still have any). As a result, L'Eterno Maligno Silenzio is a work of jarring hostility, obscure dementia and vapid discontent at its core. Everything from the minimal, gorgeous album cover to the riffs seems to want to claw out your throat.

The surface, of course, is deceptively simple black metal, laden in both the traditional percussive assault and manifold tiers of atmospheric expression. "Percepire La Luce Attraverso Il Sepolcro" begins in a chaotic tumult of drums and chords, which then pick up speed below the sinister vocals. The best riff in the song strikes at about 1:27 over a pulsing bass and the band later adds some solemn, clean vocals. A haunting introduction to a great album. The title track follows, lurching like the searing stone walls of hell as they above you, to shut out the heavens forevermore. "Dissoluzione In Preghiera" has a playful rhythm riff reminiscent of Bethlehem's lavish SUIZID, and "Incubo Rosso Cupo" slows for some creepy guitarscapes. "Il Morto Cthulhu Aspetta Sognando" echoes with the madness-inducing horror of its titular entity, and I truly savored the brief but doomy choir of "Rapitemi, Anime Della Natura".

All in all, L'Eterno Maligno Silenzio hits a new high (and by high, I mean low) for this band, quite possibly the best Italian black metal recording I've heard since Forgotten Tomb were in their prime. If you're seeking something fucked to make you feel even more worthless than you already are, this album is willing to comply. It is a vile and wondrous beauty, which sticks with you long after the audio stops.

Verdict: Epic Win [9/10]

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