Another three months has flown by. Here we are, halfway through yet another year of metal releases and real life. Theoretically, we all should be a few months older and wiser by now but we all know that is a bunch of malarkey. What we are is slightly more confused about what we are, who we are and what our purpose is in this world. Well, I can tell you one thing: a noble purpose is to consume absurd amounts of art. So this year, consume absurd amounts of metal and remember, as always, to Hail Satan!
Italy—a country most often celebrated for its cuisine, leisure and fantastic wines—has, at times, produced some very terrific dark metal (in addition to their particularly dark operas). Perhaps the residual darkness stems from those pesky days of Christian slaughter in Rome. Or perhaps it’s a backlash to La Popa and his Vatican City of sinners. Regardless, Italian metal bands are usually more quantity than they are quality, with occasional exceptions like Abhor and Ufomammut. Mefitic may not yet be on that level, but their debut LP, Woes of Mortal Devotion, reveals a band poised to make a very serious name for themselves. Continue reading