TYRANNIS: VASA INIQUITATIS
CD: Flood The Earth FTE08 
Intro (Prologue Writ On Terror'd Flesh)
the Earth record label have released some corking music which I've had
the utmost pleasure in reviewing during my days at Aural Pressure. Releases
by Vinterriket, Northaunt, Karsten Hamre, and As All Die have received
fair and warm praise from me. I've always tried to write exactly what
I hear and to put it into simple words and phrases that everyone can understand.
Which makes reviewing this latest release by that label even harder to
write because, when all is said and done, I just couldn't get into it.
As this will be the last release from that label to get reviewed I'm going
to be more mellow than usual and put away my "Big book of swear words
to insult everyone" (£5.99 from your local bookshop) and try
and explain why this just didn't do it for me.
I've played it. Actually three times I've played it. I'm if nothing but fair. The good points then. 1: Good name for a group. Has a faint Latin feel to it. 2: Nice black cover with lovely glossy insert booklet with the words to the songs. 3: A great sample is used at the start of the first track over a nice thumping beat. 4: the group flirt ever so slightly into dark ambient territory, just not enough to save it. 5: You get ten tracks for your money. 6: The label gets the last point for actually sending out the full product in the first place and earns my respect for that alone.
not list the bad points because I'll end up getting my book out and start
cussing when I promised I wouldn't. Suffice to say that there are tons
of guitar wailings over thumbing bass and rhythmic beats and scraggly
vocals with an air of threat about them which head bangers dressed in
black and wearing face paint will get off on. Or is that Goths I'm thinking
of. So hard to distinguish nowadays. Anyway if you wear leather and have
inverted crosses tattooed all over your body then "Vasa Iniquitatis"
will be right up your alleyway / street / highway / wherever. You know
who you are. This release is for you. Black Metal just as you like it
I suppose. I‚m not, nor ever likely to be, up on that scene so can't
really give it a thumbs up or down. As I'm being exceedingly nice for
a change I'll end by saying that there's probably a lot worse recordings
of this style out there, so maybe you should give this act a crack of
the whip. By fuck you've caught me on a good day Flood the Earth records.
Lucky old you.
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