Imprecation has always had a simple formula in creating music. Chugging guitar riffs, brutal, low end death growls, blast beats, doom-like interludes and sprinkles of ambiance conceived from the interesting addition of the keyboards, are the meat of the satanic death quintet’s characteristic sound. Since reuniting back in 2010, Imprecation has released their first full length LP, entitled Satanae Tenebris Infinita, off of the indie label Dark Descent Records. Satanae Tenebris Infinita doesn’t stray too far from Imprecation’s characteristic sound. The band is simply picking up where they left off back in 1998.
While Imprecation has never created the most memorable music and can easily be thrown in the discard pile among hordes of Incantation wannabes, the band’s latest release certainly has it’s good qualities. Satanae Tenebris Infintia opens with “Blood Dominion”, an aggressive reversion to the ferocity of the early Florida death metal scene. One is immediately brought back to the angry sounds of Morbid Angel within the first five minutes of the album. The aggression continues throughout the album but the band intercepts the blast beating and chugging intensity with an influx of seductive doom elements that evoke emotion in the listener. Listeners get a feel for Imprecation’s depressive death drones quickly on the second track “From Beyond the Fiery Temples”. In true death metal tradition, noisy Kerry King-like soloing is found throughout Imprecation’s debut. However, glimpses of atmospheric melody are unveiled in the guitar work as well.
Perhaps the most alluring element on Satanae Tenebris Infinita, is the addition of the keyboards, as it adds a sort of blackness and intelligence to the sound. This is definitely one of those albums that builds to a climax as you listen. The fifth track entitled “Coils of Eden” is clearly a standout track on the album, with a slightly epic tremolo picked riff and a haunting keyboard arrangement. The album only continues to build up from here, from the beckoning drones and blast beats of The Chapel of Rotting Flesh to the to the sheer power of Rancid Blood and Blackened Thorns. Satanea Tenebris Infinita ends itself in beautiful blasphemy, invoking the painful dirge of the crucifixion on the instrumental, “Carrion Winds of Golgotha”.
Overall, nothing about Imprecation’s much anticipated debut truly impressed me, or beckoned me to purchase the album. That is not to to say that Satanea Tenebris Infinita is not a a notable listen. This may not be the most memorable album of this year, but it is most certainly a solid, well produced example of good musicianship and impenetrable death metal from the bowls of Hell.
2.From Beyond the Fiery Temples
3.Hosanna Ex Inferis
4.Angel of Salvation’s Doom
5.The Coils of Eden
6.Chapel of Rotting Flesh
7.Rancid Blood on Blackened Thorns
8.Of the Black Earth
9.Carrion Winds of Golgotha