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  SPANISH BLACKENED DEATH TRIO ATREXIAL DELIVER A STUNNING DEBUT IN THE SHAPE OF 'SOUVERAIN'

jools green
Jools Green
28th May 2017



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Spanish blackened Death Metal trio Atrexial were "conceived with the aim of fusing the brutality of Death Metal with the elegance and darkness of Black Metal," and the result is both powerful and atmospheric.

There are plenty of bands who deliver this mix of genres but it's their specific approach that makes this debut offering, 'Souverain', stand out.

Their blackened, driving riffs do at times have a slightly Polish feel to the construct in places, maybe a hint of Behemoth, especially 'Under The Scourge Of Lamashtu', but there is far more to Atrexial than that.

Bursting forth from the intense bleak riffing and pummelling drum work are some soaring swathes of stunning lead work, particularly on 'The Hideous Veil Of Innocence', 'The Ominous Silence' and 'Shadows Of The Nephilim Throne', which has an emerging Death Metal riff that surprises before turning decidedly blackened as the track progresses.

The vocal delivery builds on the dark, almost other worldly atmosphere too with its mix of vitriolic rasps and screams but the way the tracks are cleverly constructed means they entice, lure and envelope you in a dark mysterious atmosphere rather than beat you to a senseless pulp.

There are also a couple of quiet reflective instrumentals, the ominous "sci-fi-esque" opener, 'Enthronement', and the hugely atmospheric closing piano led piece 'Eternal' or the equally stunning and dark also piano led 'Ascension' which can stand alone as a noteworthy track. A lot of thought has gone in here also, making them more than just reflective interludes.

For that little extra interest there are some well chosen sound-bites including the iconic line "Welcome to the worst nightmare, reality," on 'The Ominous Silence' from Hellraiser IV, adding an even darker edge.

Tracklisting:
Enthronement (Intro)
The Hideous Veil Of Innocence
Under The Scourge Of Lamashtu
Unmerciful Imperial Majesty
Illuminatur
The Ominous Silence
Ascension
Shadows Of The Nephilim Throne
Trinity
Souverain
Eternal (Outro)

'Souverain' is out now on Godz Ov War Productions and you could do a lot worse than lose yourself in this wonderfully dark and immersive slice of excellence.



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