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S.V.E.S.T. - Veritas Diaboli Manet in Aeternum: Le Diable Est Ma Raison (8,5/10) - France - 2008

Genre: Black Metal
Label: Norma Evangelium Diaboli
Playing time: 23:02
Band homepage: -


  1. Et la Lumière Fut, Comme un Coup de Scalpel
  2. Le Diable est ma Raison
  3. Veritas Diaboli Manet in Aeternum
S.V.E.S.T. - Veritas Diaboli Manet in Aeternum: Le Diable Est Ma Raison

For years mankind has stared up into the night sky and marvelled at the celestial bodies that have sailed through the black above. As technology advanced, our ability to view stars and galaxies has become ever more detailed but ultimately due to our earthbound handicap, we have never witnessed the marvel of clarity. Then someone sent a telescope into space.

It would seem that something like the Hubble has been directed towards SVEST. The magnificence that radiated from the nebulae of “Urfaust” and “Coagula...” remains but static curtains no longer diffuse the psychedelic stormblast SVEST create. Having dropped the cloak, what is bared as the band stand revealed to the observer? Well, if I'm honest there was initial disappointment that the obscuration had been removed but within short order, the spiralling spellbinding (that you had to seek before and that is now evident from the off,) draws you towards its kaleidoscopic heart and holds you transfixed.

Ripped from the split with DEATHSPELL OMEGA, this EP is my favoured half. SVEST are a tornado bottled, their trademark psychotic swirl scours along, gouging channels for lysergic guitar to course along, this may not be quite as extreme as their earlier works but the the more direct approach injects acid straight to vein. “Veritas...” also adds greater complexity to SVEST's sound but the result is still natural and organic, not to mention undoubtedly diabolical, you get the sense that there's contrivance at work, as if the band are hiding something from you as they bedazzle with their hypnotic violence. There are moments here that are utterly sublime, they demand I stop typing so that I can experience them without distraction, bedevilled by Black Metal.

Whilst I have described “Veritas...” as a more refined work, that isn't to say it's crystal clear, we are talking relatively speaking, so this EP is still raw enough to chafe. The monstrous bass rumble of “Coagula...” isn't present but the bass and drums tend to form a cliff collapsing cacophony together, though both are distinct enough in their own right, especially some of the drum fills that sometimes leap out of the rush. The narrative comes courtesy of a bestial snarl that fits perfectly with the melee and acts as rabid juxtaposition to the dizzying guitar, the vocals just gnash from start to finish, a beast trapped in a surprisingly ornate cage.

So, can SVEST do no wrong? Not really but closer “Veritas Diaboli Manet in Aeternum” doesn't maintain the momentum, it's mainly instrumental and sounds like it was written to close the split and so loses some of its purpose here. That said, it can't detract from the blackened brilliance that precedes it, two tracks that are as sinister as they are psychedelic as they are sublime.


(Online December 8, 2010)

Niall MacCartney

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