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Posts Tagged ‘Thantifaxath’

THANTIFAXATH – VOID MASQUERADING AS MATTER MLP (Dark Descent Records)

Thursday, April 5th, 2018

Thantifaxath - Void Masquerading As MatterI think it would be accurate to suggest that Thantifaxath is not your everyday Black Metal band. The anonymous Canadian trio certainly go down the left hand path less trodden when it comes to constructing music and debut full-length ‘Sacred White Noise’ was a cacophonous slab of chaotic dissonance delivered to the ear canal with utter abandon.

Mesmeric follow-up ‘Void Masquerading As Matter’ emerged towards the death throes of 2017 and, although it’s listed as a mini-album, it’s quite substantial at 36 minutes. Four lengthy songs of intelligent, varied, ambitious and always interesting dark art. A fantastic listen and definitely worthy of the overused ‘eclectic’ adjective.

An innovative concoction of everything bar the cabin sink. Not mad about the fourth offering, though. It is a bit of a stinker.

Evilometer: 555/666

THANTIFAXATH – SACRED WHITE NOISE LP (Dark Descent Records)

Monday, May 26th, 2014

Thantifaxath - Sacred White NoiseGenerally speaking, the very idea of experimental has me running for cover. Be it experimental rules, experimental cuisine, experimental sex or – worst of all – experimental Black Metal, the word ‘experimental’ can usually be replaced by ‘impotent’, ‘halfbaked’, ‘bastardised’ or the more coarse option ‘shite’. As a rule, experimental Black Metal is shite Black Metal in disguise. Actually, not really in disguise, to be fair…  Thantifaxath is the exception that proves the rule.

Sacred White Noise’ is by no means conventional, but it is certainly still Black Metal at its core. Manic Black Metal with lots of curveballs, it manages to avoid oh so many potential pitfalls and has won itself a place in my heart. Unlike 99% of other bands who experiment and end up producing horrendous music – the much-lauded but thoroughly insipid Funereal Presence and Krallice take a bow here, please, along with all the other clowns – these anonymous Ontarians are worthy of kudos.

Evilometer: 555/666