PESTILENTIAL SHADOWS - IN MEMORIAM ILL OMEN - PULVERISED
Certainly the band’s name and the grim cover artwork portends an extreme version of black or death metal for which, of course, Pulverised Records is very well known. This band is indeed intense and nihilistic in approach and philosophy. Pestilential Shadows is a lot more about ambience and harmonies than those early indicators would allow.
Weapon Against The Sun begins the album and is abrasively fast and heavy, but beginning with the next track (Beautiful Demise) and on to songs like With Serpents I Lay, which incidentally has a beautiful bass sound, and Of Loss And Suffering Inherit the band gears to a more cruising version of intensity where the prevalent moods are gripping and pensive rather than crushing the bones in one swift attack. At times, fans of drone and funeral doom would find solace in the music. The odd synthesizer foray is shameful however. Nevertheless, the vocals remain abyssic and most tracks, like the aforementioned Of Loss And Suffering Inherit, typically re-emerge into something vicious and blazing. The band does combine the elements then. Ecclesia Moriendi is an instrumental in the above-described mould.
The band could be considered a mix of Darkthrone, Beherit and Opeth despite its Aussie (best reptiles, scorpions and shampoos in the world - the latter according to TV commercials) origins. - Ali "The Metallian"