Through howling vocals, serpentine riffs, chaotic drumming and an overall sinister atmosphere, Ars Magna Umbrae present their brand new EP Through Lunar Gateways. This new malevolent EP is riddled with seven poisonous tracks that emanate evil and spew forth malicious and diseased black metal. The darkness that lurks within this EP certainly is palpable as Ars Magna Umbrae put forth a truly damning and soul tearing release. These hellions don’t seem to hold anything back within this EP as they lay it all out on the altar of sacrifice to provide you with a wonderfully grim and sinister listen.
Ars Magna Umbrae begin their brand new EP with Into The Inescapable Madness, a two minute intro that is complete with blasting drums and howling vocals to prepare you for the real madness that lurks within. Once the intro fades into abyssal darkness, Ars Magna Umbrae presents you with six more songs that are even more abysmal and blasphemous. Each track is that of swirling chaos and hell fire presenting you with nothing but relentless black metal that does its best to drag you asunder.
There is quite a bit of diversity within Through Lunar Gateways as each track sounds unlike any of the others. Ars Magna Umbrae does a great job of mixing up their sound and tempos to create a varied, unique and diverse listen. Throughout this EP you are provided with plenty of typical skin shredding and blasting black metal, but you are also provided with tracks that are more brooding and haunting. With more blasting elements you are presented with razor sharp riffs, rib cracking drumming and howling vocals that sound as though they are coming from the void. On the other side of things with the more ominous and haunting sounds you are presented with great yet haunting cleans that are coupled with more melodic and catchy riffs. These two different styles are sewn together nicely by Ars Magna Umbrae to provide you with a unique, terrifying and varied listen that you can listen to over and over again without getting tired.
No matter whether you are getting the more haunting and melodic sounds or the blasting flesh tearing ones, there is no denying that this EP is great. Each track is solid and executed well gifting to you the sound of utter skin crawling darkness. Overall, you just can’t go wrong with this EP if you are a fan of black metal, and from here on it will be exciting to see what Ars Magna Umbrae has to offer next.
Through Lunar Gateways will be out June 23, 2017 on CD through Hellthrasher Productions.