|Passing The Nekromanteion
|Les Acteurs De L'Ombre Productions
|Crypt Of Fear
DK Deviant (Bekhira and Osculum Infame) rebooted his Arkhon Infaustus, after a hiatus of almost ten years. It was since "Orthodoxyn" in 2007 that there were no news from the band, which then showed the first signs of departure from the most classic black-death metal forms. 2017 saw the French artist ready to assault our hearing again with the "Passing The Nekromanteion" EP, with only the drummer Skvm (Temple Of Baal, The Order Of Apollyon, ex Livarkahil, Arvakh and oOo) to keep him company. The release was supported by the compatriot label Les Acteurs De l'Ombre Productions.
What has changed in the meantime? Arkhon Infaustus are still a creature devoted to infernal atmospheres and darkness, but the violent and crazy musical expressions of the past have become more elegant and luciferine, emitting even more sulphurous malignity. This evil march welcomes dissonances, poetic melodies, sounds at the limit with noise and doom-like slowdowns with spontaneity, all solutions which enrich a strong compositional modus operandi of a rhythmic set-up capable of suddenly deflagrating and indulging in rancorous ritual movements.
I won't dwell on the single tracks, even if I believe the combination of "The Precipice Where Soul Slither" and "Yesh Le-El Yadi" is — to say the least — devastating, nor will I pronounce the names of other bands that could have influenced the current role of the French band. On the contrary, I want to praise the way in which DK Deviant has combined tradition and modernity, modeling a mini album that bodes well for the future, thus fueling the desire to hear a fifth full length album with Arkhon Infaustus' name on it as soon as possible. While waiting for this to happen, I suggest you get yourselves a copy of "Passing The Nekromanteion". Welcome back!