Last updated on 10 July 2020
Aye, here we have a band with a dangerous name. Astaroth Incarnate of all things. Named after one of the most wicked and hazardous daemons of the unholy first hierarchy of hell. The one with the stinking breath that you must guard against when invoking him.
So, the moniker alone was already reason enough to listen to Ascendance, their newest EP that will release in December 2019. In other words, those dumb enough to brand themselves after one of the most powerful Great Dukes of Hell must feature on this blog.
If their tune is worthy of its dark master, that is, of course.
Astaroth Incarnate call their style Apocalyptic Metal. And with reason. Their offering gets you some bizarre mix of Fleshgod Apocalypse gone wild, Dimmu Borgir, Cradle of Filth, the ritualistic Darkend, and the storytellers of Carach Angren. In truth and for sake of simplification, the band’s style can best be described as Symphonic Black Metal. Albeit that they oscillate between the blackest of black into death, a smattering of doom and then some.
But this knack to paint these very gothic, almost baroque scenes of obscenely dark cruelty really got on our good side. Including some sturdy riffing and – indeed – solos that should not quite be here. But you have to grudgingly give in, the shredding is just too alluring.
And what delicious blasphemy to include the Cradle of Filth cover of Her Ghost in the Fog (Midian, 2000). Exceedingly well done, too. In a darker setting than the original, with a powerful soprano right out of the age-old movie Dance of the Vampires. In other words, this new depiction makes CoF’s original sound kinda watery. There you go.
So, you see, short as it may be, this is one juicy slice of devilish metal that just crossed our paths lately. It goes really well with your black metal coffee in the morning. The one that should give you some ascendance into your day, you know.
So, was Astaroth Incarnate‘s tune worthy to invoke the writing genes of the dark and ominous RMR officescape? Absolutely, with spades. This is Extreme Metal of the finest order. They will be going places.
Now, without further ado, enjoy a taste of Ascendance.
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