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The title of the forthcoming third album by the Italian black metal band Ad Noctem Funeriis leaves no doubt that the band have maintained their blasphemous stance: Abyss, Fire, Brimstones will soon join the group’s preceding full-lengths, Satan’s March Black Metal (2015) and …Of Evil and Torment (2009). As those dates demonstrate, the band do not rush their releases, but instead take their time to ensure that the Hell they unleash on Earth is accomplished through carefully crafted campaigns.


That care shows strongly in the song we’re premiering today from the newest album in advance of its April 12 release by Symbol Of Domination Productions and Pluton’s Rising Productions. And you need not be a follower of the Left Hand Path to be swept away by its dark grandeur and incendiary power.


The new album begins with three tracks that bear the name “Abyss“, and the one we’re presenting today is “Abyss III“. Its opening riff, which unfurls over rapidly firing percussion and a turbulent bass line, is immediately captivating — a glorious blaze of sound that’s nevertheless also tinged with heartache. There’s tremendous torment in the vocalist’s shattering screams and in the lead guitar’s fiery flickering, which elevate the music’s emotional intensity to an even higher plateau where the music takes the breath away.


As the harmonized riffing cycles over and over again, it digs deeper into the listener’s head, but also subtly changes, making the experience sound more bleak and hopeless, but no less sweeping and electrifying. Solemn and earnest singing, which rises higher and higher, creates a new shade of sound, and the wonderful bass performance remains prominent. The one thing you shouldn’t expect is any softening or slowing — here, the band are fully dedicated to making the music’s emotional power and intensity relentless.



Ad  Noctem  Funeriis  are  a  band  from  Italy  that h as  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  goes  for  more  of  a  satanic  and  occult  style  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2022  album  "Abyss,  Fire,  Brimstones"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Symbol  Of  Dominion  and  Pluton's  Rising  Productions.




  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Melodies  are  also added  into  a  lot  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  the  music  also  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  era. 




  Some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  when  they  are  utilized.  Some  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  one  track  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  clear  vocals  and  introducing  spoken  word  parts  onto  the  album  and  as  the  recording  progresses  an  acoustic  guitar  instrumental  can  also  be  heard




  On  this  recording  Ad  Noctem  Funeriis  plays  a  style  of  occult  black  metal  that  is  very  satanic,  raw,  aggressive  and  melodic  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism  and  Occultism  themes. 




  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Ad  Noctem  Funeriis  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  occult  and  satanic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.




Italian band Ad Noctem Funeriis are out with the album "Abyss, Fire, Brimstones", and extreme metal is the style explored on this production. This is a high pace and high intensity variety of the form, with busy drum cascades and tight riff barrages leading the way and fluctuating and cutting harmony guitar solo runs served in liberal amounts throughout. Minimal and subtle tone alterations provides the main parts of the variety, with very occasional slowdowns also adding a further dimension when appearing. The main vocals are harsh, distorted and downmixed a bit, with contrasting clean spoken vocal details used to good effect throughout as well as occasional spoken harsh vocals. The band also highlight their musicianship in a very different manner on 'Brimstone I', a one off on this album with it's gentle and more acoustic oriented mode and form. A production to seek out by those who love their extreme metal when it is tight, high paced and delivered with high intensity and integrity.