Veneror - _Percussimus Foedus cum Morte_
(Hexencave / New Era Productions, 2013)
by: Chaim Drishner (3.5 out of 10)
Italian bands exhibit, generally speaking, a harsh dichotomy: they are either extremely unique, original, fresh, singularly endemic -- or dull, uninspired, tedious, musical plagiarists with little to none of their own to show to the world, an inconsequential black spot on the vast fabric of the underground.

Veneror belong to the latter category, unfortunately; and despite the impressive presentation of the album (the high quality printing, the enigmatic artwork and occult imagery, the relatively well-written English texts) and the numerous bands all three members participated in (none of which is familiar to me), no extensive biography or graphic design artistry can redeem this album.

Following the impressive, dark and quasi-neoclassical introduction, an array of all-too-familiar sounds comes barging in, hitting the audience with the stale, hot air of acute unoriginality, where watered-down, pale-sounding guitars endlessly play loops of tedious, boring riffs on the background of an almost constant blastbeat sounding even more meager and weak. _Percussimus Foedus cum Morte_ sounds pale and lifeless, borrowing (stealing?) the Swedish mid-'90s distinctive black metal sound but sounding like a fading shadow of Algaion or Dawn.

The repetitive nature of most of the tracks, instead of creating this hypnotizing, mesmerising feel that will draw the audience and immerse them in a shadowy dream-state -- all these circular song structures create, in reality, is an inescapable feeling of boredom. That's the real talent of these Italians: making one wish that the music would end already.

Despite a crisp but thin production and some half-decent moments scattered around, especially in the slower parts, this recording is beyond salvation. I wish Veneror would focus on creating non-metallic, electronic soundscapes like their opening track and forsake black metal altogether; at least they are good at that. I would be the first to want to hear an exclusively neoclassical album by these guys.


(article published 8/6/2013)

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