Sunday, April 14, 2013

Omnia Orta Cadunt

Omnia Orta Cadunt - Let There be Darkness
Art of Anticreation Releases, 2005
Genre: Black Metal

1. Masturbating YHVH
2. Golems of Satan
3. Bloodlust
4. Creperum Noctis Aeternis
5. Hail Diktator!
6. Thy World Becometh Thy Grave

Due to the fact that this is clearly a fairly obscure Russian band I am not going to have much hope of finding the release prior to this one.  This is the second opus from Omnia Orta Cadunt and judging by the name of the label I thought they would have something to do with Ithdabquth Qliphoth.  Indeed Carnifex was involved with that group under the name Xefinrakh.  This was only released on cassette and has a nice glossy pro-printed booklet.  This is limited to 80 hand-numbered copies and I have copy 31.

In some respects I will say that if you enjoyed the music from Ithdabquth Qliphoth then you will probably enjoy this music as well.  They're not entirely similar, but you can certainly hear where elements cross over between the two projects.  Omnia Orta Cadunt's music is a little more traditional with respect to Black Metal, but it does have some very passionate lead sections on the guitar.  I would have sort of expected a completely raw and harsh project, but the music on this actually turned out pretty well.  Carnifex definitely has a good head for writing songs that blend intensity and melody together.  There is one Ambient track on here called "Creperum Noctis Aeternis" and it is absolutely spectacular.  I would honestly want to hear more of this from Carnifex.  It's very dark and haunting, which is perfect for what I would like to hear.  Strangely it's also very simple in construction, but really works for generating that haunting atmosphere.

Everything is mixed very well and, honestly, I wish Ithdabquth Qliphoth's self titled used the recording method on here.  I think it would have made that album far more outstanding because there was a lot of really great ideas on that.  Omnia Orta Cadunt, I'm fairly sure are using programmed drums, but I never find them overly distracting like in some projects.  I would certainly prefer programmed drums to no drums as with Ithdabquth Qliphoth's self-titled.

I usually don't talk about lyrics and beliefs of bands much.  But for others that may own this I think I should offer some explanation for what I see in this book.  Black Metal is basically considered the most extreme genre of music and lends itself to ideaologies that can be quite on the fringe.  So things like Theistic Satanism, Nazism, Atheism, and intolerance for various things is quite the norm.  Sometimes I run into things where I think bands are trying to be extreme for the sake of being extreme even if they do believe some of the things they say.  I think Omnia Orta Cadunt is basically doing this to some degree.  Inside the booklet you will find this image:

Here we see strange statements like "This tape is dedicated to Satanic Saints of XX century.  Hail Diktators!"  I find this pretty confusing, since I think he's referring to people like Hitler and Stalin, but neither of those guys were Satanic.  Hitler was Christian and Stalin supported an atheistic regime.  Second we see "Special thanx to Unholy warriors of Jihad.  Bless you Allah!"  This sort of explains the crescent moon in the picture and this line is basically why I think he's being extreme for the sake of being extreme.  I think there's a reaction to be evoked and maybe he is really targeting Muslims in this.  I figure that he's supporting the concepts of chaos and death, which is resulting from Muslim extremists around the world.  This certainly falls in line with the misanthropic ideals found throughout Black Metal.  We turn the booklet and see "Support 14 Words Propaganda in Black Metal!" Written above, I assume, is the 14 words written in something like Futhark.  This certainly explains the swastika  but really tells me this person doesn't actually support Islamic ideals and is just trying to evoke a reaction from them.  The only reason I didn't label this as NS Black Metal is because there are two songs with printed lyrics and I didn't believe they really had a political bent to them at all.  So, it really doesn't matter what Carnifex believes individually, his music does not take on that kind of ethos.

While there is nothing terribly new to the genre, I still found this to be a worthwhile listen.  Despite saying extreme things for the sake of being extreme, I didn't think this had much bearing on the music.  Perhaps being Black Metal is extreme enough in nature, but it wasn't a major aspect, so the art was confusing.  Let's ignore the art and just enjoy the music.  I leave you with the best song on the album and also their closing track "The World Becomes Thy Grave"

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