The Pitch: The anticipated full length debut from Swiss blackened death metal band Antiversum. Following up their highly atmospheric 2015 demo Total Vaccuum, this new outing promises to be another "nihilistic entity which creates a disturbing and storming amalgamation of black, doom, and death metal, manifesting the end of the universe and the dawn of nothingness in audial waves." FFO: Portal, Abyssal, Malthusian
What I Like: The "music" of Cosmos Comedenti is a burrowing, tunneling journey into the depths of the underworld. It's a welcoming embrace from the gaping maw of infinite oblivion. Antiversum, in general, is best described in such ominous metaphors; their sound is less about individual instruments and performances than the malevolent sum total of its parts. Breaking down this album into a discussion of guitar, vocals, and drums would not only be boring (though extra credit should be paid to the latter), but ultimately do a poor job of summarizing the listening experience. If you're familiar with the bands listed above, that should be enough to go on. If not, you're just going to have to press play.
Critiques: While these compositions succeed in all areas dark and heavy, they don't really offer any new insight into the sound. They're not only overly similar to other songs in the genre, but the also to eachother. I can pick most Portal tracks out of a lineup, but I'm not sure I can say the same about anything on Cosmos Comedenti.
The Verdict: An impressively malignant release from a band that understands aura above all else. Strike a few points for lacking originality and a need to further differentiate from song to song, but I still enjoy the heck out of this album. Get it Friday.
Flight's Fav's: Cosmos Comedenti, Antinova
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