Animus Mortis have returned with a recording that continues the cold, desolate and atmospheric black metal sound of previous recordings and this is a review of their 2014 album "Testimonia" which was re-issued in 2016 as a joint effort between Godz Ov War Productions and Third Eye Temple.
Atmospheric drones start off the album and after a few seconds the music starts going into more of a heavy, dark and melodic musical direction along with all of the musical instruments having a very powerful sound to them and once the tremolo picking and blast beats kick in the music starts bringing in more of a raw black metal feeling.
Vocals are start out in more of a melodic direction and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and the solos and leads are very melodic and add a touch of melodic and atmospheric post black metal onto the recording while clean guitars are also added into some songs and when the vocals get more aggressive they are mostly grim yet depressive screams that also have a very deep tone to them and there is also a brief use of spoken word parts that are almost ritualistic and later tracks also bring in an avant garde feeling and a couple of tracks are long and epic in length.
Animus Mortis creates another black metal recording that is very modern while also being very atmospheric and adding in a touch of post black metal while the music does also retain the raw, dark and heavy style of the genre, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover desolation and misanthropy themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Animus Mortis and if you are a fan of atmospheric, cold and desolate black metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Seven Decress" "Testimonia" and "Vibrations From the Immaterial". 8 out of 10.