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For Thine Is The Kingdom Of The Flesh

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For Thine Is The Kingdom Of The Flesh
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Type: Full-Length
Release Date: December 12th, 2022
Genre: Black
1. For Thine Is The Kingdom Of The Flesh
2. Gethsemane Ablaze
3. Veni, Vidi, Vici
4. The Flaming Hordes Of Basarab
5. In The Absence Of Gods...
6. ...Death Shall Have No Dominion


Review by Adam M on July 13, 2017.

Persefone performs progressive death metal that would make Cynic blush. There are all kinds of things going on with their music and it’s difficult to pay attention to all of them. The album opens with a subtle atmospheric flair before getting right into the main attraction of progressive death metal. This intro is very interesting and takes a while to become accustomed to. The actual death metal has a lot of progressive riffing that is very difficult to come to grips with.

The hardcore Cynic fan will feel right at home with these gyrations, however, and should take a good liking to the outfit. The band separates themselves by the more subtle elements of their music, however. It’s refreshing to hear a death metal album that has this much variety associated with it. In fact this album simply has a lot of stuff associated with it. This could lead to overindulgence and this is only slightly the case with Persefone, as they traverse the progressive stylings quite nicely. There is so much going on that it’s hard to completely come to terms with and this is the element that prevents this disc from being one of the highlights of the year in metal.   This band worships at the altar of Cynic and simultaneously shows itself to be more indulgent than Cynic, which is a huge draw with the music here. Fans of that band are likely to apply the most, while those looking for more tightly constructed death metal like the new Immolation may want to avoid this.

There is a lot to like, but it takes a lot of dedication to come to terms with the music here. Those looking for a challenge will find one for certain. Aathma is music for the progressive music lover and will apply to those listeners.

Rating: 7.6 out of 10

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Review by Felix on June 4, 2023.

No, I am not very trve, when I write about Krvna and not Kruna. The artist from Australia chose this name for his project and for himself, probably due to personal Yugoslavian roots. His full synonym is “Krvna Vatra Smrt” and Quorthon (R.I.P.) smiles in heaven or hell, because this means nothing else then blood fire death. But don’t think too much of this epic work of Bathory which was their last monument in my humble opinion. Krvna rather surf the wave that Dissection once started. In its best moments, For Thine Is The Kingdom Of The Flesh re-vitalizes the dark elegance of “The Somberlain” with all its eloquence, passion and grandeur. 'Veni, Vidi, Vici', the highlight of the full-length, delivers a barrage fire of the drums, but it also presents expressive, sinister melodies – and its calm intermezzo creates an oppressive yet fascinating atmosphere in a matter of seconds. The massive melodies of this piece (and of the other songs as well) flow over and through the listener, supported by an enormous density and so it is pretty difficult to escape from the strength of the material.

The production leaves not much to be desired. I already mentioned the dense appearance of the music, the respective contributions are well-balanced and sharpness and directness go hand in hand. The guitars are truly metal guitars with a constantly aggressive undertone, even when they play rather melodic sequences. Another detail confirms the strength of the mix: the piano ending of 'The Flaming Hordes Of Basarab'. Maybe it’s no new finding for mankind as a whole, but I am surprised how heavy these piano tones sound. Either way, nobody can say that the album’s production lacks coherence. By the way, the voice has also got its righteous place. It is not drowned by the guitars and drums, but it does not stand over everything else as well.

A small problem is the standardized length of the single tracks. All of them clock in between seven and eight minutes. This approach leads to a kind of unwanted conformity and is at the expense of variety, at least to a certain degree. It would have been interesting to see how the artist arranges a compact four or five minutes track. Anyway, his throaty, raw voice, the raging guitars and the mostly fast-paced rhythms, are the elements that make his rather long pieces to an entertaining pleasure. Minor deficiencies like a pretty repetitive part at the end of the opener are included, by they do not hurt the overall impression significantly. Therefore For Thine Is The Kingdom Of The Flesh is an album that emanates fury and fatalism as well as terror and tragic. It does not revolutionize the genre, but it reflects competence and spirituality. I haven’t found a mailorder in Germany to order this disc, but you should not hesitate if you like multi-layered black metal and have a chance to get a copy.

Rating: 7.8 out of 10

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