Seemingly coming from nowhere, but really bubbling out of an abyssal cauldron of hate and malice comes Acedia Mundi. Brewing with them in that aforementioned cauldron is their brand new release titled Speculum Humanae Salvationis, an eight track full length that gifts you with over thirty minutes of head splitting sinister death infused black metal. For being a newer band, Acedia Mundi and their new record sounds incredibly professional and polished. Speculum Humanae Salvationis is a well orchestrated sonic assault that aims to pummel you straight in to an early grave, and an early grave is what you shall receive once you begin listening.
Acedia Mundi begin their new vortex of sin with an intro titled Spreading Venom Into The Hearts Of Children which begins with a child speaking and uttering, “Life is great, without it you’d be dead”. After this reassuring quote, Acedia Mundi greet you with squealing guitars and raspy hellish vocals until it fades into the abyss only for the next track Ab-Jection blast out of your speakers like a demon spawn from hell. For the next seven tracks after the intro you are provided with nothing but sinister, dark, twisted and gnarled metal for you to soak up and revel in. Each track is just as life threatening and dark as the ones that came before it gifting you with nothing but razor sharp and twisting tunes.
Not every track on this record is pure blasting malevolence however as Acedia Mundi do take time out in select tracks to provide you with a slower tempo that is often injected with some spoken word samples that appear quite frequently throughout the record. These spoken word samples when they pop up provide yet another element to this record that makes it that much more sinister and utterly disgusting, and I mean that in the absolute best possible way. Speculum Humanae Salvationis on its own without these little bits of horrifying spoken word is already a disgusting and abyssal release, but with them you get an even more disgusting and skin crawling sound. Not to mention, the way in which Acedia Mundi works them in is great as well as they don’t break the song up at all and instead they add to it propelling each track they appear on to a whole new level of profane.
The overall sound of this record is that of great morbidity and disgust as previously mentioned. Once listening, you can’t escape the dread filled vortex of fiendish death tinged black metal. Speculum Humanae Salvationis is one hell of a solid record for a band that seems to have appeared nearly out of nowhere at all. This is a record to look out for and this certainly is a band to keep an eye on.