Arkhon Infaustus - _Orthodoxyn_
(Osmose Productions, 2007)
by: Andreas Marouchos (8.5 out of 10)
You can never be quite sure with this particular band. Their brand of Satanic devotion, although tongue-in-cheek at times, upon closer inspection becomes quite serious. It's exactly this kind of an "uh-oh" moment that awaits the uninitiated, who might've expected something of the usual LaVeyan-cum-occultish pastiche. It's not only the conviction of their purported mental backdrop that raises the alarm in such a case, but also the surprisingly diverse pool of inspirational sources that were drawn into their multifarious concept: from apocryphal and biblical scriptures, "Narcofili Sancti" to quantum physics, "La Particule de Dieu".

Arkhon Infaustus' musicianship at first listen may sound shamelessly rehashed, but later on it becomes clear that this is more a matter of aesthetical eclecticism than anything else: the band's tenebrous vision is fearfully lucid; far too lucid to allow their compositional strategy to fall into tautological methodologies devoid of purpose. Abstract melodicism, use and -thoughtful- abuse of solid death metal formalisations (both in structure and rhythm) and the disquietingly dissonant vibe of their instrumentations are perhaps the things most indicative of the album’s befitting combination of style and form. Retrospectively, _Orthodoxyn_ is more approachable in a sense than _Hell's Injection_, yet paradoxically even more direct, more pensive, more self-realised.

Where influential black metal bands of yore might've adroitly perfected the skill of playing with the proverbial fire without getting burnt, Arkhon Infaustus here seem almost inseparable with their incandescent ideology, and most importantly it is in this most fascinating facet of their artistic authenticity that the band always retains its stature aloft of the rest. These French aren't here to institutionalise new genres, and they obviously know this much. They delve deeper without sounding too sententiously self-important or pretentious: _Orthodoxyn_ and any other _Orthodoxyn_ that may follow can only be an approximation, and it is only this much the band will or rather can allow; anything else is mere excess.


(article published 16/2/2008)

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