Review 1856 : Reverence to Paroxysm – Lux Morte – English

Reverence to Paroxysm releases its debut album.

After a split with Pestilength and a live album, the Mexican band featuring Antimo Buonnano (guitar/vocals, Demonized, Hacavitz, Profanator, ex-Disgorge, ex-Impiety), Led (guitar, Demonized, Hacavitz, Profanator), Alan Di Gonzalez (bass, Nocturno, Sacrificio) and Leonardo Cardoso (drums, Vinnum Sabbathi, Fumata) announce the release of Lux Morte on Me Saco un Ojo Records and Dark Descent.

Heaviness strikes first with Astray Descent, letting a heavy rhythm and massive howls nail us to the floor before placing some heady leads, bringing a haunting dimension to certain passages. More aggressive elements, such as the wave of double kick and blast, are also integrated into the mix, which slows down to lead us to AD Putrefactio and its slightly more energetic rhythm section. Motivating sounds mingle with the catchy Old School patterns’ thick and greasy saturation, accelerating before disappearing and leaving Burial Absolute and its terrifying sample of a slowed-down version of the oppressive Daisy Bell to introduce gloomy riffs. The suffocating slowness perfectly serves the funereal atmosphere from which the vocal parts and a few leads escape, along with a heady bass, before fading out for Necropacity to hypnotize us with its ethereal ghostly harmonics. The track becomes much more hostile, both in terms of the instrumental and the vocals, before slipping back into its crushing lethargy and dragging us along to Portals To Dark Misery, which takes a dark, dissonant approach to the listless riffs, which regularly flare up thanks to powerful drums while remaining anchored in heaviness. Care Data Vermibus also lets a disquieting sampled voice introduce the long final track before pouring out its heavy, ultra-saturated rhythm accompanied by cavernous vocal parts and a few melancholy leads. There’s a livelier explosion in the middle, as well as a break repeating the sample before returning to violence and finally fading out.

Reverence to Paroxysm is all about heaviness, and the band knows how to make the most of it. Lux Morte is not for everyone, but it will delight fans of Old School sound with its marked grain and oppressive fat riffs.


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