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Carpe Tenebrum - Dreaded Chaotic Reign (7/10) - Norway - 2002

Genre: Black Metal
Label: Hammerheart
Playing time: 46:09
Band homepage: -


  1. Abiding Our Time
  2. To See Your Name
  3. The Telling
  4. Aetherial Benefaction
  5. What Of This Place
  6. Hope Is Near
  7. Sense Of Face
  8. Conscious Hide!
  9. Nothingness
Carpe Tenebrum - Dreaded Chaotic Reign
Well, it really looks like Astennu has changed a lot since he got sacked from DIMMU BORGIR. In addition to his new look, closer to the DEICIDE's Hoffmann brothers than to DARKTHRONE's Fenriz, his evolution has completely changed the style of his solo project, CARPE TENEBRUM. His former album, "Mirrored Hate Painting", was in a second league DIMMU BORGIR-style, which means Black Metal with naive keyboards.

Now, with "Dreaded Chaotic Reign", CARPE TENEBRUM is into old super brutal Death Metal, in an 100% Florida-way. So you can find here and there some DEICIDE, some MORBID ANGEL, some MALEVOLENT CREATION: super brutal and fast guitars, but technical as well; drum-machine playing at maximum speed; and hyper guttural vocals, that make Glenn Benton sound as a teenager still having his kid voice. That means this is really heavy and powerful stuff, not made for faggots.

Concerning the originality, there is not much here, though the instrumental track "Aetherial Benefaction" or the American History X-samples on "Sense Of Face" are interesting. Anyway, this is another very good album for all of you alcoholic fuckers and fans of ultraviolence. But if you're looking for poetry or acoustic melodies, this is not the right album…

Thomas Bonnicel

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