Animus Mortis - _Thresholds of Insanity_
by: Andreas Marouchos (
There is something about South American black metal bands that gives them that raw and un-inhibited edge to their music. Be it the perpetual state of social turmoil that they seem to inhabit or the scorching Latin sun, bands such as Mystifier and Sarcophago have remained notorious for their seminal works of brutal and anger-fueled black metal aggression. However, the Chilean Animus Mortis' particular brand of belligerent and sweat-ridden black might beg to differ. _Thresholds of Insanity_, although nowhere near conservative in its delivery, is more influenced by their European counterparts, something characteristically noticeable on their resonantly melodic overtones. Specifically, their raw-cum-melodic musicianship is reminiscent of Emperor's early forays into black metal territory amongst other familiar, early habitués of the genre, including Dark Funeral and Gorgoroth. Long story short, this is a welcome 20-minute shot of abrasive, ill-refined black, writhing with waves of that familiar and fuzzy Scandinavian melody and a persuasive mental note to keep for the future.
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