INFERITVM – THE GRIMOIRES

Rating: 4/5
Distributor/label URL:  https://www.inverse.fi/
Release: 2018
Buy Album: https://www.inverse.fi/shop/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=781&osCsid=dfbbb696180554606a1d6d615451316d
Band Website:  https://www.facebook.com/inferitvm/

Band Line-up:

Sorcerer V. – Vocals /Guitar
Lord Insekkton – Guitar
Aghanazzar – Bass
Bârg – Drums

Tracklisting:

1. Trithemius
2. Codex Gigas
3. Clavicula Salomonis
4. Malleus Maleficarum
5. Goetia of Shadows
6. Galdrabök
7. Liber Lux Tenebris
8. De Occulta Philosophia
9. La Poule Noire
10. De Praestigiis Daemonum

REVIEW

A darkness exists sometimes in the most unlikeliest of places. Spain’s Inferitvm from the Island of Mallorca has a sound you would expect from the cold dark northern countries. That being said they do have a pretty typical sound of many black metal bands and the subject matter draws on satanism and the occult. The album titled The Grimoires is based on occult books the Grimoires which have satanic rituals and spells. Each song represents a Grimoire and an occult novel from various countries and periods in time. This is actually quite a clever concept for an album. I myself am fascinated by the occult and these books.

Right off the bat this album starts very ritualistic and atmospheric. Trihemius begins with the bang of a gong and organ playing to a very sinister opener with a marching tempo. Then immediately in Codex Gigas you get hit with guitar riffs and the growling vocals of Sorcerer V. The speed ramps up and so does the ferocity of the music. Plenty of blast beats, guitar riffs and atmospheric keyboard playing to be heard.

Inferitvm has a distinct style reminiscent of 90s Scandinavian black metal but a lot more polished, refined and better produced. You can hear they draw heavily on the influences of Immortal, Emperor and thats why they sound quite typical in this genre. My own favourites for this album were “Codex  Gigas”  “Goetia  Of  Shadows”  “De  Occulta  Philosophia” and “De Praestigiis Daemonum”.

If you like occult black metal then these guys may offer you something fresh in a world where post, experimental and many other genres of black metal are becoming numerous and prevalent. They offer a polished classical sound. I give this album 4 out of 5. Definately worth repeated listening if you are a fan of the evil occult flavour of black metal.

REVIEW BY CATHRINE WENDT

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