TOTALITARIAN - De Arte Tragoeadiae Divinae
Barren Void Records
I'd have to call this Italian act's debut full length industrial strength black metal. Yes their blacks are very black, insanely black but it's their industrial pace which bothers me. Musically this style has been done before to listenable levels and the ability to hold one's attention. But there are times when this act (I think it's a one man band) falls victim to repetitiveness that not even evil can fix.
De Arte Tragoeadiae Divinae contains five cuts, all long with three pushing over thirteen minutes in length. Let me tell ya something, hearing the same trudging rhythm for thirteen minutes is not exciting. Not even the cavernous vocals (with occasional shrieks) or tremolo picked accents can make this more than late night sleepy time music. Yeah hypnotic also means sleep and that's the first cut. Of course it's not all boring. The first five minutes of "The Wisdom of Chains" is a dark chaotic nightmare. I can't say much more enjoyment was felt by the rest. But hey that might be the whole idea.