Aside from the rising prominence of stoner/doom from Italy, I haven’t really chanced upon many black metal bands with the exception of Divine Codex, so Italian black metal is quite an enigma for me. Veneror is one of the first few bands that I encounter, with the band this year releasing its debut full length, Percussimus Foedus cum Morte. With the excellent stoner/doom and death metal scene in the country, it certainly leaves one wondering how the black metal out of the region compares.
The album kicks off with the instrumental introductory track Impervio, and the thick sounds of the synths shrouding the track with a thick atmosphere, complete with the rather epic-sounding drums at the background immediately reminds one of the stylistics of Summoning. But do not expect Percussimus Foedus cum Morte to be in similar veins of the aforementioned, as this is merely to cultivate the mood for the rest of the album to come, and this is immediately obvious as the album begins with The Wings of the Daimon Sethos.
The music of Veneror displays a strong Finnish influence, and often the music and passages bear striking resemblance to bands such as Satanic Warmaster, Horna and Sargeist. This especially so with the heavy atmosphere that constantly shrouds the music, with the furiously trem-picked riffs displaying some influences from Norwegian forefathers like Mayhem, though Veneror‘s music is markedly less harsh, with much more despondent emotions invested, shown through the rather depressive melodies that are present. There are even moments where one is reminded of bands such as Drowning the Light, such as the clean guitars towards the end of The Wings of the Daimon Sethos.
Yet, throughout the album, drummer Amaymon manages to keep an aggressive edge with the energetic drumming, with his drumming style being rather similar to more aggressive black metal bands such as Surrender of Divinity. And it is this fusion that helps to spice up the album a little bit, providing much of the energy to what would otherwise have been a rather boring album with the repetitive nature of the music on Percussimus Foedus cum Morte.
Like their Finnish counterparts, Percussimus Foedus cum Morte has a thick production that helps to accentuate the atmospheric components of the music, with that raw sound that ensures that the music of Veneror remains as authentic as possible. Certainly an album that is pretty enjoyable, and a promising debut for this Italian outfit.