DE MAGIA VETERUM – The Divine Antithesis
- by Peter Loftus
- Posted on 03-09-2011
"The Divine Antithesis" is one of the densest, most extreme Black Metal albums I have ever heard. Flurries of blasting beats, vocals that howl like a winter gale and schizophrenic guitar lines come together in a churning chaos of frenetic insanity.
I can imagine that many listeners won’t get past the first couple of tracks on this release and many will turn away from it with bleeding ears after the first listen, and to be honest, I can’t blame them. But it is a pity really because behind the barrage of ocular rape there are lots of interesting things going on – unsettling keyboards, slower atmospheric passages, dynamic song structures and grinding bass parts that will set the listener’s teeth on edge.
Sole member M (of Gnaw Their Tongues) should be commended for pushing the envelope of extremity so far and for creating a record that is as dark and raw as any could wish for. On the other hand, "The Divine Antithesis" is so challenging, impenetrable and difficult to listen to that it can only be recommended to the most hardcore and even they should not expect this to be an easy ride.