Passing the Nekromanteion by Arkhon Infaustus (Les Acteurs de l’ombre Productions)
Arkhon Infaustus had been in a state of dormancy for ten long years, but certainly not forgotten by the ravages of time. Unleashing an entire catalog of punishing black metal revulsion, the French collective amassed a rabid following all over the world intrigued by their sonnets of Satanism and debauchery.
A decade has indeed commenced since we last heard from Arkhon Infaustus with their impenetrable Orthodoxyn diatribe from 2007, and now their malevolent flag is flying high over this infernal planet once again!
Passing the Nekromanteion is the name of the latest masterwork of the almighty Arkhon Infaustus, and the four songs contained within are devastatingly mesmerizing and thoroughly epic in scope. Dissonant chords and hellfire vocals abound, clearly demonstrating a collective who was merely lying in wait until the time was right to present their next collection of venom and rage upon the world at large.
Passing the Nekromanteion is not merely a casual listen for those with abbreviated attention spans, but a gripping auditory exploration to be revisited time and again. From the feral commencement of Amphessatamine Nexion and beyond, the four grim reveries reek with an imagination and intrigue that both stimulate and confound the senses. The decadence and depravity of the material is sure to enrapture genre fans as well as challenge others adventurous enough to launch their souls into the pits of modern day black metal artistry.
The duo who administer their nightmarish visions with hellfire precision are DevianT Von Blakk on vocals, guitars and bass and SkVm on drums. The Americans who wish to vanquish themselves within the realm of Arkhon Infaustus will be able to witness their sonic atrocities live at Maryland Deathfest in 2018 – providing the world has not been decimated by our supreme leaders before that inglorious time! In the meanwhile, check into the visionary Passing the Nekromanteion by Arkhon Infaustus and prepare to be thoroughly enraptured by the return of one of the true legends of the black metal underground.
(Review by Ken Morton)
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