Portugal's solo project Antiquus Scriptum has returned with a compilation which displays a lot of his epic style of pagan/black metal while also having influences of folk, ambient and thrash and this a review of his 2017 album "Antologia" which was released by This Winter Will Last Forever.
Nature sounds start off the compilation before going into a very fast and raw musical direction which also uses a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats while also mixing it in with symphonic and epic sounding keyboards along with some high pitched black metal screams.
Death metal growls can also be heard at times while all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them and when solos and leads are utilized they are done in a very chaotic yet old school extreme metal fashion along with some tracks also adding in back up shouts and movie samples are also added on some of the songs.
Some of the tracks are very long and epic in length while some of the vocals and riffs also bring in elements of thrash metal along with some of the tracks being very long and epic in length and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and as the compilation progresses elements of folk music and acoustic guitars can also be heard in certain sections of the recording and melodic singing as well as some operatic female vocals can also be heard briefly.
On this compilation Antiquus Scriptum displays a a great of variety from having epic and symphonic tracks while other songs go for either more of a pagan or folk influenced style as well as bringing in a great amount of raw aggression, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover bygone times, ancient history, iniquity and existence themes.
In my opinion this is a very great sounding collection from Antiquus Scriptum and if you are a fan of the epic, pagan and thrash influenced style of black metal, you should check out this compilation. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "In Pulverem Reverteris" "Inner Depression (Syndromes Of Fear)" "A Shape Of Space And Time" and "A Sea Of Doubts". 8 out of 10.