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Artist: Worms of the Earth (@)
Title: Azal’ucel
Format: CD
Label: Industry 8 (@)
Rated: *****
The liner notes explain that 'Azal'ucel is the sigillic word formula of Azazel and Lucifer. As this is the initiator and God form of the Path of Sorcery, Lucifer is the illuminator of the soul, the one who allows the magician to unveil the Light of Self. This rite is designed to provide an inspired working of invoking Azal'ucel, from which one shall seek communion with their Higher Self. As one comes into contact with the entity, an illuminated sense of self emerges and a new type of path may begin to develop.' This, combined with the mystical layout (by Salt), gives some sense of the kind of music that you're about to experience. I was pleasantly surprised when the CD started; this is considerably different from the last Worms of the Earth CD I reviewed, 'The Angels of Prostitution.' We begin with some powerful percussion, clattering metal, and ethereal female vocals which give way to lush synth lines. Imagine if In Slaughter Natives collaborated with Love Spirals Downward. But don't try slipping this into your friend's ambient collection just yet. Tracks like 'Fork-Tongued Priests At Black Gehanna Again Speak My Name' have an unsettling feel to them, kind of like old Lustmord, with its noisy, spacy dark ambience. The lilting guitar line halfway through also provides an interesting counterpoint in this track. There is a remarkable amount of atmosphere to this album, with tracks like 'Drawing The Twelve Sigils of Set-heh' evoking a kind of Lovecraftian scene with a woman chanting in what sounds like Latin over a noisy soundscape. Once again, juxtaposition is key here, as her calm intoning mixes with the somewhat chaotic atmosphere. Overall, this is an interesting disc of ritualistic dark ambience; I concur with the label that fans of Raison D'Etre will likely be interested in this. When I saw tracks like 'Tearing Down The Christian Pantheon,' I expected the usual 'more evil than thou' approach, but this was much more subtle than the usual black metal influenced screaming. This is a major move forward for Worms of the Earth in complexity and approach. This album weighs in at around 71 minutes and is limited to 300 hand-numbered copies, so if you want one, you'll want to get it before it's gone.

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