As always, Moloch, a talented and skilled multi-instrumentalist, surrounded himself with a team of top notch musicians; once again Quazarre (Asgaards, Devilish Impressions) was responsible for the lead guitar. Quazarre is a Polish guitar virtuoso, his style reminding me vaguely of Andy LaRocque; however he disproves all those who claim that black metal and solos do not get along. Speaking about guitar virtuosos, Mike Wead from King Diamond played the guitar solo on the eponymous song “Corpus Hermeticum”, and his solo is absolutely super; the album also features Hal of Vader on vocals on “In the Mouth of Madness”, while the drums, 100% acoustic, were done by Icanraz (Devilish Impressions, Pigface Beauty).
The lyrics are full of anti-religion, evil and occultism:
“I reject your reality
And substitute my own!
I am the conqueror worm
Defiling the throne”
(from “In the Mouth of Madness”)
The production of this album is crystal clear and the sounds are perfect even if the band proudly stresses that it is a true AAA quality black metal production.
Corpus Hermeticum is a superb album and is particularly recommended for those who like other metal styles as well as black metal.
Release date: February 22 2015 on Via Nocturna. The album was mixed and mastered by Arek “Malta” Malczewski (Behemoth). The digital album can be bought via the Bandcamp player below for 5$.
1. I Am Legend
2. Against All Heresies
3. In the Mouth of Madness
5. Twilight of the Idols
6. Corpus Hermeticum
7. The Seventh Sermon to the Dead
8. Worship Me...
9. This I Command!
Moloch: Guitars, Bass, Vocals, Keyboards
Mike Wead: Guitars (lead) (track 6)
Hal: Vocals (track 3)
Quazarre: Guitars (lead)
Text by Herjann