Ignis Gehenna – Baleful Scarlet Star – Seance Records

A star exploding over Aussie skies.

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Although not exactly an industrial (as in working) band, having only an EP and a demo prior to this debut, I can honestly attest that Ignis Gehenna is an underrated band.

Baleful Scarlet Star is a rare state of art in Black Metal form: long songs, tens of phrases, creativity at its peak.

Counting with one of the busiest man in Aussie metal Nihilifer (ex- Erebus Enthroned, Shadow Magus, Turmoil, Drowning the Light) Ignis Gehenna makes solid and focused black metal.

The opener, Serpent Oracle, is a showpiece in purest form exhibiting dazzling riffs and changes of tempo and several phrases that are really complicated (it takes some spins to understand the whole picture), but nonetheless inspiring.

Violent and fast is the second offering Baleful Scarlet Star, hectic in its own rights, exploding pure negative energy in atomic proportions, fast as hell, with desperate vocals and strident riffs that abash the senses, the true symphony of bewitched.

Edict of Blood is a ten-minute humungous operetta of rapid fire drumming and riffs, still retaining some melodic factor in the backdrop despite the blatant production. The mental spiral of horror that may or may not repeat itself is a travel to the forests unknown, mowing the senses as it second passes and castigates our capacity to retain the truncate downpour of information.

Melas Oneiroi is not so lengthy, however it condenses inside one music what the album proposes so far. Still it has its own identity with a slightly different approach to the vocals.

Litany unto Thanateros is an infuriated metal, there’s no doubt about it. Over again they reach the mark of ten minutes and the tourbillion of ammo is fired with no remorse, over again baffling the senses with the true material it presents: fast riffs, wall of noise, soloing, bellows from the abyss, intense drumming… the second part of the song is superb giving hints to thrash and even heavy metal with perfect riff/solos; something like a great surprise.

Last track Anamnesis, is a great creative instrumental track, more melodic than the other ones and it’s never a filler…

 Baleful Scarlet Star is an album that deserves to get bigger attention because it’s not every day we hear something so good in the extreme metal.

 Baleful Scarlet Star is out now on Seance Records.


(Daniel “Roderick Totentanz” Death)

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