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Cruciatus Infernalis – ‘Untot’ EP

Kvlt und Kaos Productions
Archgoat, Darkthrone, Mortiis
Release Date
December 10, 2021
Kvlt und Kaos Productions
Black Metal/Dungeon Synth

                Dungeon Synth from Austria? Why does this have connotations of Josef Fritzl dressed as the Phantom of the Opera as he waits in the wings there, waiting for the curtain to fall? This is one of the genres which Cruciatus Infernalis explore as they release their latest EP ‘Untot’.

                To achieve their sound, Cruciatus Infernalis combine this dungeon synth with black metal and Alpine folklore and poems to create something that is both surreal and intense. This EP contains a powerful running current of black metal, the tremolo picking and the blast beats are strong, pushed back into a lo-fi production that speaks through tin can just like those good ol’ Second Wave black metal releases. Yet, as much as tracks such as ‘Hoffnung’, ‘Fleischeslust’ and ‘Seelenlosen’ contain all the enjoyability of Darkthrone, Archgoat and Mortiis, it is the dungeon synth sound which makes this EP either stand out or be utterly ruined depending on your viewpoint. Cruciatus Infernalis paint a sheen over this black metal that not only flows like an atmospheric soundscape, but also like a mad circus, oompah band and somebody selling schnitzel all at the same time, whilst a bloke chats German in your ear. Surreal? You bet.

                ‘Untot’ is not everyone’s cup of tea. Fuck me, it is weird. It does take a lot of getting used to, the dungeon synth sounds create a lot of dissonance and it can be quite grating and unsettling. But if you like black metal that is crazy and weird, look no further than ‘Untot’.

"black metal that is crazy, surreal and unsettling'

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