BLACK METAL | BIRMINGHAM/UK
RELEASED 2008 BY SATANIC PROPAGANDA
Sadly SUBVERTIO DEUS are no longer a functioning band although a new band have emerged in their stead, Antinomian! This then is a little bit of a blast from the past feature, dating back to 2008 when the band released ‘Psalms of Perdition’.
Cold, menacing and played out a calculating pace, ‘Alpha’ instantly bodes well with me, a hint of Doom and oppression, a plague of blast beats, bleak melodies and darkened riffs, as well as a dominating savagery that clouds out the world in a veil of destructive fog! If that wasn’t enough the near fourteen minute monolithic Goliath that is simply entitled ‘I’ brings to the fore Subvertio Deus’s more crushing nature, a hostility charged audio onslaught that acts as a barrage of crippling Black Metal spite, tinged in places with haunting melodic interludes designed to weaken psyches everywhere!
Like a hostage scraping away at a crack in the wall until their nails are demolished, their voice thin and dry and their tears pooling on the floor below them, the brutal assault of Subvertio Deus blazes a trail with a malicious streak a mile wide and those unprepared for it’s contact could find themselves in a world of torture, hurt and pain! For those of us with a Black heart though ‘Psalms of Perdition’ is the kind of thing that truly brings happiness to our dark and dour lives, a stab in the dark, a melancholy tale, a blistering rush of dank cold air, frost bitten and ravaging! That is Subvertio Deus! [8/10 – LUKE HAYHURST]