Rêx Mündi

IHVH

Written by: PP on 10/01/2012 01:50:30

On some level the whole kvlt black metal thing is fucking stupid. Yeah we get it, you're trying to be all mystical and shrouded in secrecy like a sacrilegious cult, but if you're never going to play live, tour, or even tell people who you are or where you're from...well, I don't know what to tell you. Add to the fact that you are releasing a record in 2011 that was composed somewhere between 2003 and 2004...I just don't get it. On the other hand, what Rêx Mündi (you can always tell a kvlt band from the special characters in their name) do here on "IHVH" does benefit to some degree from the mystery attached to it, it somehow makes its "orthodox black metal" sound ever more evil and looming.

When you're label is Debemur Morti, you're pretty much guaranteed some of the sickest and most evil shit the metal scene has to offer, and Rêx Mündi are no exception. This is occult black metal of the most obscure kind, yet the production isn't your typical shoebox one and melodic tremolo is used to a great extent throughout the album. More interestingly, the band integrates a strong Arabic/Muslim undertone to the album through the inclusion of "allahu akbar" chants and oriental sampling. Suddenly, it makes sense why they don't want their identities known. Poking at the Islam hive has some consequences, as we all know. But jokes aside, the arabic element gives the album a completely different feel than if it was your typical satanic black metal. It's not strongly present in the mix, but when it arrives it's seamlessly integrated into their tremolo-laden melodic black metal soundscape.

Whoever the people behind this release, you can tell they aren't no newcomers to black metal. My fellow scribe EW would probably be able to depict based on sound alone who the masterminds behind this release are, and in what bands they likely play in, but my knowledge of the least publicized genre on planet does not go far enough for that I'm afraid. So I'll leave you with this: if you're looking for kvlt black metal with a melodic ring to its guitars, Rêx Mündi is as good as any, perhaps even better than many of their contemporaries.

7

Download: Naphtali, Pious Angels
For the fans of: occult black metal, tr00 kvlt shit
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Release date 19.09.2011
Debemur Morti Productions

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