Filii Nigrantium Infernalium – Fellatrix Discordia Pantokrator
Black Metal / Trash Metal / Speed Metal
3. Bordel No Éden
4. Azur (Heliophobia)
5. Morte Geométrica
6. Cães De Guerra
8. A Forca De Deus
9. Sacra Morte
Filii Nigrantium Infernalium are no newcomers to the Black Metal scene and you can tell. They started out as Bactherion as early as 1988, undergoing a name change five years later which meant the birth of Filii Nigrantium Infernalium. During 1993, they had the exclusive honour to play at the first Black Metal-only gig in Portugal, together with members of Moonspell and Decayed. After several demo releases through the years, they signed to Procon Records in 2004 and their first full length CD, Fellatrix Discordia Pantokrator, was forged.
By the looks of the cover and mirror written logo, you would expect some obscure Black Metal band like you can find so many on the extreme Metal market nowadays. Though, you will be pleasantly surprised when giving the album a listen as this is far from the truth. Satanic Anarco-Black Metal is how Filii Nigrantium Infernalium describe their music. You can hear they are also widely inspired by mainly the Heavy and Trash Metal genre with a hint of old school Speed, Rock and Death Metal. This is what makes them achieve a highly varied, original sound which can never be identified as one of these genres in particular.
Filii Nigrantium Infernalium consists of highly talented musicians. Belathauzer provides extraordinary vocals, an agonizing high-pitched Black Metal sound with some Death Metal grunts in Cães de Guerra and Moïra. A very expressive, unique, refreshing sound. There are also a few well-fitting operatic female vocals in Bordel No Éden. The lyrics are all in Portuguese, though this is not a disadvantage as they flow smoothly and add a mysterious aspect to the music. Together with the vocals, the trio’s (Belathauzer, Andremon and Hellregui) heavy trash riffing and melodic guitar leads set an overwhelming atmosphere in the very controlled mid-paced and fast song arrangements, combined with impressive build-ups. To top this all, Gorg adds his accurate and speedy drum onslaught. It is hard to point out the highlights as there are no weaker tracks and the album is all together outstanding in today’s Black Metal scene.
They might still have a long way to go until worldwide recognition comes along, but Filii Nigrantium Infernalium can proudly take part of Portugal’s greatest in Metal, next to Moonspell. Fellatrix Discordia Pantokrator, a very ambitious debut full-length, will attract all kinds of Metal heads, as it grasps the essence of Black, Trash and Speed Metal. It is intense, persuasive, heavy and fast
9/10 Points – reviewed by Lyra
official Website: http://www.infernalium.com