The band was founded in 1997 and issued a demo two years later and a 7” EP, called Avernus, on Maggot Records in 2001. Ghoul was on vocals and bass between 1999 and 2001. Sweden-based Downfall signed the band and issued the group’s debut. The band switched to Agonia and issued two albums, but then entered a hiatus. Dani “Garghuf” Robnik of Gorgoroth, God Seed and Nefarium joined Unlocked in 2009, which featured former Prostitute Disfigurement guitarist Benny. Agonia Records issued Ad Discipulum on the fifth of June. The band was touring with Dark Funeral. An earlier tour was with Glorior Belli and Impiety.
NEFARIUM - AD DISCIPULUM - AGONIA
Nefarium hails from Italy and is one of those ripping black/death metal bands that can turn a storm of hate on a dime. The vocals are deeper than average and brutal, while the music touches upon several Immortal characteristics. Despite the brutality, Nefarium is not a purists dream. Indeed, track six, Servus Servorum Satanae, features a violin and a rather implicit folk melody that is tortured and brutalized for effect. Unneeded. The sound is not the strongest with production falling short of today’s majority, but is still well within the realm of acceptable. The drummer might be muffled here and there, but he sure can blast a massive beat.
Ad Discipulum is otherwise a brutal and vehement release with a theme around Christian characters, which lends it an air of distinction. - Ali “The Metallian”