Album Review: Kratherion – Mantra Lucifer Flagelantes

Kratherion - Mantra Lucifer Flagelantes

Kratherion [Chile]
Mantra Lucifer Flagelantes
Full Length
Exhumed from the Grave
Black Metal

Coming from the same record label that released material from compatriots Ammit, it is no surprise the style of music that Chile’s Kratherion plays on their sophomore full length album, Mantra Lucifer Flagelantes, with three quarters of the band being formed by members of the aforementioned. Which leaves one wondering how far apart – musically – is Kratherion from Ammit?

The first riffs of Death Kult Church Omega almost leads one to think of Mantra Lucifer Flagelantes as another Swedish-inspired death metal release, with the abrasive riffs of Lladkudüamn and Vilú, yet the band shows their true form quickly enough. Things heat up quickly, getting more chaotic and destructive with the first battery of drummer Negro. Coupled with the Spanish lyrics of the band and the spiteful vocal delivery of Vilú, one is quickly reminded of the filthy and bestial style of bands such as Morbosidad or even Proclamation, with the rawness and darkness that enshrouds the record.

The rather heavy focus on the riffs on the record, coupled with the tension created by the formless lead guitars on most tracks at times brings us back to the earlier days of war metal, and sees the band drawing influences from forefathers such as Conqueror or Blasphemy at times, keeping the listener constantly at the edge of his seat, feeling flustered by the disturbance crated by Kratherion. The slightly thrashier moments bear some resemblance to the material of Ammit, or even the earlier material of Impiety. There are also lots of ambient/atmospheric passages littered throughout the record, making things all the more uneasy for the listener.

While Kratherion‘s sophomore release is nothing innovative, the band’s ability to create some cutting black/death metal is evident. Mantra Lucifer Flagelantes is a record that will surely please fans of the dirtier, more chaotic style of black metal.

[xrr rating=3.5/5]

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Exhumed from the Grave

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