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Ossarivm: Emanation
Ambience, Death Metal
Latrina Do Chifrudo, Preposterous Creations (2012)
2010 / June 21st, 2012
Release length: 25:05
Ossarivm is a one man Death Metal project out of Porto, Portugal, and helmed by André Coelho under the initials A.C., who is also involved with Eskizofrenicos, Kult, and a few more. Back in 2010, this solo project issued its debut EP, Emanation, a three song effort sprawling over twenty-five minutes. In 2012, the recording was picked up by underground French label Preposterous Creations for a CD release. But, is this something worth salvaging to make available to a slightly broader audience, or is this another individual member operation better left in the deepest trenches of the Metal catacombs?

While not worth being left there, the raw audio quality and echo effect on the vocals definitely makes Emanation sound as though it still thrives in the the darkest reaches of the underground, and its one of the reasons behind this recordings successful execution. “Dissolving the Divinity” finds plenty of bells scattered about that seem to move and chime against the background roaring that comes off as if an ominous voice that makes up the wind. The faster guitar work weaves a dark, gritty performance with hostility the sometimes less-than-intimidating growling is able to back up. While still a solid effort, some of the Ambient passages, such as the conclusion, stand out more, setting the landscape for the next two offerings.

“Ceremonial Horns and Thunder” continues with the sounds of bells and burdening effects that can sometimes sound like whispered expulsions of breath, fuelling a truly cryptic piece of nightmarish Ambience that has the ability to make you tense up and be a little more alert, as well as paranoid. It becomes nearly impossible to not look over your shoulder from a sensation that you may very well not be alone. As the song kicks up your fight or flight response, the sudden use of deep guitar chords, as if a thunderous pounding not too far off, definitely doesn’t help ease your nerves that are on edge more than ever thanks to the creepy horns and flute being played. This sets the tone for the abrasive conclusion “Empowerment Through Blood.” The faster paced performance boosts the impact of the echoed snarling vocals, and the tight drumming adds a little more backbone to the primal aggression, ushering in more of the bells to play on your nerves and remind you once more of the unease from before.

Emanation doesn’t quite start off that strong, but it doesn’t take long for “Dissolving the Divinity” to get the point across, and the rest to leave you weary and on edge. Ossarivm‘s dank and gritty audio quality benefits the ritualistic intentions of the Death Metal performances, as well as the Ambient pieces that litter the recording, leading to a performance that almost instantly turns you into the prey for the things you may not see around you. If you happened to miss out on this EP first run, then now is the perfect time to turn off all the lights, hit play, and let Emanation remind you of why you once feared the dark…

01. Dissolving the Divinity – 13:13
02. Ceremonial Horns and Thunder – 6:32
03. Enpowerment Through Blood – 5:20
Initial Pressing Score: 8.5/10
Physical review copy of this release provided by Preposterous Creations.