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Bestia Arcana…
To Anabainon ek tes Abyssu
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Hidden from the world for years, this album was recorded in 2008 but only saw the light of day at the end of 2011, with Daemon Worship Productions picking it up after the release’s original label fell apart. Bestia Arcana is a Nightbringer sideproject, and three of the evil-loving masterminds are conspiring you drive you mad with this hellish piece of blackened hyper-noise.

Those familiar with Nightbringer’s unusual sonic chaos will feel at home with To Anabainon ek tes Abyssu. It’s black metal awash in a thick fog of endlessly cyclical guitar shrieks and horrifyingly ethereal proclamations. A choir-like synth and occasional demonic spoken word passage serve to sink your psyche deeper into the pit of torment where their creation lives. The terrifying chaos is almost calming, giving the feeling that dissonant melodies pass by as you lay in a comatose state, resulting in an almost out-of-body listening experience. Never-ending blastbeats conjure up a painful hailstorm which transforms into howling winds of despair as the storm calms and the seas shift.

The third and fourth tracks take a turn into occult ambience that plays with more of the evil chanting and drone-filled guitars from previous tracks, but slowed down to the crawl of a rotting corpse. While the diversion fits with the overall schema of the release, it’s a bit of a chore to sit through 15-minutes of satanic soundscapes devoid of waking life. Luckily, the closing track is an opus of destruction, expanding on the band’s grandiose visions and turning the album into something of note, to be played during the apocalypse as hellfire rains from the sky and skeletal beasts crawl forth from below.

Bestia Arcana – To Anabainon ek tes Abyssu by Daemon Worship
This is black metal in the key of chaos.

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