Sewn together with black magick, the unyielding darkness of the Dark Lord himself and of course the blackest of metals is Anguis Dei’s newest offering Ad Portas Serpentium. This hell fire baptized release offers up four blackened incantations in the vein of orchestral black metal. Each track on this release provides you with a sound that is wondrous, harsh, bitter, venomous and dare I even say majestic. For a band that hasn’t been around for that long of a time, Anguis Dei certainly presents themselves as if they have. Each of the four tracks on this debut EP from these black magick wielding heathens is wonderfully crafted and executed gifting to you a great and enthralling listen.
Through only four tracks Anguis Dei does a great job of drawing you in and keeping your attention all throughout only for you to wish that there were more tracks tacked on. Anguis Dei combines orchestral elements with their ripping brand of black metal to provide you with an unholy yet captivating and mesmerizing listen. They sew their orchestral elements together with their black metal elements beautifully and seamlessly spinning spectral, haunting and all together enchanting atmospheres and soundscapes. Once you begin listening it is truly incredibly difficult to want to stop. The orchestral elements enchant you all while the soul tearing black metal does just as it was described, rips your soul.
Anguis Dei also does a great job of balancing the more unrelenting blasting moments with more ethereal moments providing you with diversity among each and every track. With that being said, Anguis Dei shifts between these moments seamlessly and flawlessly never lurching from one to the other and back again. Each track is fluid even though they are ever changing in tempo and style as Anguis Dei executes these tracks with ease. Never are you subject to just a sonic assault and never are you just greeted with the angelic yet sometimes haunting orchestral moments as Anguis Dei balances everything through each track so well gifting to you a seamless and comprehensive listen.
The overall sound throughout Ad Portas Serpentium is pure as nothing but the blackest of metals courses through the veins of this entire release. Ad Portas Serpentium is satanic, dark, grim, haunting and light stealing, but most importantly it just is a great overall release. Each track works in harmony to bring to you a solid well rounded listen that is hard to forget and hard to not want to listen to. Ad Portas Serpentium is an alluring effort, one that mesmerizes and sweeps you off to shadowy soundscapes and provides you with a wonderfully dark atmosphere as well.
The combination of orchestral elements and barbaric black metal is a welcome one and Anguis Dei pull it off oh so well. Each track is just as well done as the others and this EP as a whole keeps you coming back for more and makes you want even more as four tracks just isn’t enough. The only gripe that I have about this release is simply the fact that it isn’t long enough and that’s just me being selfish. Other than that, Ad Portas Serpentium is a solid effort especially for a debut offering. This is an entertaining, captivating and all around heavy effort that is well worth numerous listens.