FINNISH BLACK METAL
8/10 – LUKE HAYHURST
Finnish black metalists Mormant De Snagov (Romanian for Grave of Snagov which is a Romanian city) have unleashed their sophomore full length opus “Derisive Philosophy” released through Pest Records and their first since 2010 debut album “Rise from the Void”
Opening with the insanely thought provoking and powerful sounding “Comatose” Mormant De Snagov set a slow methodical pace featuring grim strained vocals, cold guitar licks and a deeply sinister aura. Displaying both a superb amount of musicianship and a very creative edge to their song writing, the stage is set for a truly amazing album and MDS don’t disappoint! “Divine Dismemberment” takes things up a few notches in pace and aggression but still there is time for some excellent bass play and more melodic interludes and passages as well as some catchier more death metal influenced and thrash influenced riff-age.
“The End of my Thoughts” also sets a more determined and forward pressing stance, dark, vicious and very direct but it’s during “Detrimental Edict” that things really take off with the bands catchiest, brazen and intense song to date! Injecting more death metal elements is “Abnormities” which continues the surging pace with a chunkier sound and some excellent axe wielding madness to boot whilst “Transient Lunar Phenomenon” does its best to out shine its predecessors by taking the baton of brutality and running with it!
MDS finish things up with “The Triumph” which whilst not adding much to this record still ends it in fine style. Not much in the way of variation on display but the thundering sounds, impressive technical ability and eye catching artwork more than make up for that!