||Safe to say and pleasingly so, I am quite
familiar with this American black metal quartet, Kult
Ov Azazel. Based out of the same place that brought us Deicide,
Malevolent Creation, and hosts of others, Kult Ov Azazel has made
berth. "Oculus Infernum" pretty much leaves off where "Triumph
of Fire" hastened... with sonic kick drums, blazing guitar picking,
and anguishing screams! Alas, the black metal lover will not be disappointed!!
If anything is to be unkindled about this album, it would be the lack
of diversity (but not totally). If you want proof, check out how most
of the songs begin and end (can you say an older-Immortal version
of "straight speed metal"?). Excluding the track, Invoking
the Infernal Majesty (and other small parts in a few other tracks),
this album piledrives your head through diamonds with fantastic hyper-blackness.
In this case, diversity means not. Kult Ov Azazel are just flat-out,
"brutal"! You want technicality? Get out. You want atmosphere?
Get out. You want a pretty song? No thanks. These guys bring it!!
That's all I have to say.
Reviewed By: Thomas