Black Vul Destruktor / Et Verbi Sathanus: Apocalypse Towards Apocalypse

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Black Vul Destruktor / Et Verbi Sathanus: Apocalypse Towards Apocalypse
Black Metal
Blood Harvest Records
February 21st, 2014
Release length: 19:38
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Et Verbi Sathanus:
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Blood Harvest Records has scoured the depths of the Black Metal underground to find two bands for a brand new seven-inch split release titled Apocalypse Towards Apocalypse. This includes the Argentinian group Black Vul Destruktor, which formed back in 2008, paired up with the Chilean based Et Verbi Sathanus, which started under this monicker back in 2001. Both groups have had a few smaller recordings over the years, though the latter more so with the full-length Satanae Pater Sanguinariv in 2013. But is this a recipe for a truly blasphemous split release, or is it just a waste of plastic?

Black Vul Destruktor‘s two songs have a raw quality that benefits the heavily echoed distant vocals. Unfortunately the music itself sounds a bit dulled from it. “Sword of Luciferian Light” would be a solid track if it weren’t for the hum of the guitars and mid-range bass coming off so bland. Even the drums sound as though even the individual performing them is bored. When the pace picks up, the music gets a little tighter, and a spark of life can be heard, as well as a deeper distortion, all of which is carried over to “Void of Darkness.” This is the jewel of the two songs, shifting between faster speeds to give the song some much needed aggression to keep the near seven minute length worth sitting through.

Et Verbi Sathanus shows a little more range than what Black Vul Destruktor offers. The analog audio quality sounds like something ripped from a cassette, enhancing the mixture of rasps and growls against the hatred that can be felt in the sharp distortions. “Holocaust in the Paradise” hammers away with blast beat filled rage, though about two-and-a-half minutes in you can sense them getting a bit worn out, even if not really missing a beat. “Gehinnon” is a slightly different beast though. It starts off with your typical marching anthem that every band and their mother has performed, and even comes back to it about half way through, and again at the end. The rest is just high speed Marduk-esque adrenaline pumping through the speakers with the same notable wear in the drumming as “Holocaust in the Paradise.”

Apocalypse Towards Apocalypse shows some variety in the bands brought into the project, but overall it’s the more experienced Et Verbi Sathanus that steals the show. Black Vul Destruktor just sounds a bit too bland, failing to take advantage of the rough audio quality. Apocalypse Towards Apocalypse is a decent split if you want to check out two new bands though. Just don’t go into it expecting the unholy grail of all underground Black Metal.

Black Vul Destruktor:
01. Sword of Luciferian Light – 6:00
02. Void of Darkness – 6:55

Et Verbi Sathanus
03. Holocaust in the Paradise – 3:29
04. Gehinnon – 3:14

Initial Pressing Score: 6/10

Black Vul Destruktor
Black Vul Destruktor

Et Verbi Sathanus
Et Verbi Sathanus

Digital review copy of this release provided by Blood Harvest Records.