Jun 19, 2012
Rigor Sardonicous - Ego Diligio Vos ...
The first proper track, “Caelum Inferiorum”, wastes no time in macerating the listener. The guitars are filthy and low, and not being particularly savvy on the technical aspects of how a guitar achieves a certain sound, I can only liken it to how the guitars sound in Bloodbath’s Resurrection Through Carnage or Black Breath’s Heavy Breathing. The drumwork is solid and hits hard, maintaining the sluggish and brutal pace of the album. My favorite aspect of this album, however, is the vocals. Holy shit. The nerd in me can only describe it as what the Lords of Hell must sound like in the Diablo video-game franchise, provided they didn’t all ready have voice actors assigned to them. It’s guttural and menacing and perfect for this style of metal. There seems to be a slight effect put on the vocals, but it’s purely complementary and nothing that would lead me to believe they’re unnatural.
I really enjoyed how each song begins with a monstrous riff right from the start, never giving the listener an inch, except for this one moment at about the 3:40 mark of the third track, “Hilarus Sperablis”. The crushing momentum yields briefly to an interlude that maintains the heaviness of the song but is noticeably more melodic. What could have been an un-welcomed experimentation with a more euphonious sound is well-executed by Rigor Sardonicous, providing the listener with a pleasant reprieve from the otherwise dominating tone of the music. I highly recommend giving this album a listen.....9/10.
Words: Julio Espin
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