Creating nihilistic tones and really making you feel as though the end of the world is near, Absolutus brings forth Pugnare in iis quae obtinere non possis. This album is psychological cutting you right where it hurts and providing enough dark and dismal energy to last you a lifetime. Pugnare in iis quae obtinere non possis is essentially a nightmare that you have yet to wake from. In your paralyzed state Absolutus feasts on the fears that they create and instill in you. Instead of being a pure slaughterhouse of black metal, Absolutus injects some progressive elements in their music as well.
There is no light at the end of the dense demon filled woods and Absolutus strips all hope you had of escaping away from you. This album is something that makes you feel almost uncomfortable while listening and makes your skin crawl and crack under its blistering coldness.
Sprinkled between songs are interludes that further progress the album as well as instill cutting imagery in your mind of loneliness and dark shapes that shift and morph at will sapping all of the good in you that you had left. The progressive tendencies are focused more in the interludes as well as at the beginning of most songs.
Listening to Pugnare in iis quae obtinere non possis is like walking through a field of nightmares, and those nightmares tear at your psyche until your sanity is completely vanquished. The entire thirty minute release is shrouded in chaos and doused in fear and darkness.
This release by these Belgian underground dwellers is a diverse and twisting mass of blackened metal that only leads you to certain doom. There isn’t a lot that you can do to get the shrieks and screams out of your head, and there isn’t a lot you can do to get the serpentine riffs and chaotic musicianship out of you head either.
Absolutus comes at you with a branding iron and that iron is Pugnare in iis quae obtinere non possis. It sears into your memory and your mind whether you fight it or not. Riffs lash out at you like pit vipers ready to strike their prey, the drums savagely beat you into submission as the bass takes care of the rest, putting you to rest. Haunting shrieks and gurgling cries waft over you as the vocalist bursts his throat on on every track.
Adding the more progressive elements into their music and being overall more focused provides for a more haunting experience and a more harrowing one as well. Absolutus comes up with a dismal and abyssal sound, one that covers you in disease and darkness for days to come. This new release shoves itself down your throat only to possess you and make you its host only to have you listen to it over and over again until your soul is eternally damned.