We haven’t reviewed the Finnish band Aegrus before, although the band has been unleashing devastating black metal to the world since 2006. The band draws lyrical inspiration from Satanic ideologies, focusing on Lucifer and death. The seven tracks on Invoking the Abysmal Night are dedicated to the unholy filth, which, in my opinion, is exactly how it should be. Especially when it comes to real Finnish black metal, for which I might have an even greater preference than for the original Norwegian black metal bands. But that’s not something you’re supposed to say. Oh well, who gives a shit.
Instead of going full throttle, which is one of thé stylistic features of the Finnish variant, these guys initially set off with melancholic and bitter melodies. During the second track, Followers of the False Prophets, they ignite the fire by unleashing some intense blasting, setting the tone. The band accelerates to blistering speeds while maintaining the melodic approach. The raw and piercing vocals of Inculta, who also beats the drum skins to pieces (impressive!!), sound convincing and malevolent. Lux Tenebris provides an additional layer with his vocal cords, beautifully in the background. The production might be somewhat generic, and I would have preferred a slightly dirtier organic approach. However, it does not give much to worry about.
Some bands save the very best for last, just like this Aegrus, tastefully closing the forty minutes of this fourth album with the lengthy Where the Forest Emanates Death. A melodious blackened gem of great proportions. You can’t go wrong with this one, fans of Finnish melodic black metal. Dig in!
Osmose Productions, 2023
- Invoking the Abysmal Night
- Followers of the False Prophets
- Through Devil’s Breath
- Temple of Ardent Worship
- Nocturnal Rites of Faust
- Those Who Hide from Light
- Where the Forest Emanates Death
- Praestigiator – Guitar
- Lux Tenebris – Guitar, bass, background vocals
- Inculta – Vocals, drums
- Serpentifer – Drums