Proximi Divinitatis


Italian Blackened Death Metal bands such as HOUR OF PENANCE, FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE, and HISS FROM […]
By Erika Kuenstler
March 17, 2015
GorganerA - Proximi Divinitatis album cover

Italian Blackened Death Metal bands such as HOUR OF PENANCE, FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE, and HISS FROM THE MOAT have a very special place in my heart. This is thanks to their ferocious, straight-for-the-jugular approach interlaced with melodies of sepulcher magnificence. And the latest of such offerings is GORGANERA's sophomore full-length album "Proximi Divinitatis", unleashed on the world at the end of last year. This album marks the second chapter in a trilogy focused on exploring the inner self; with their debut album "Qui In Obscuritate Habitant" looking at the darker aspects of humanity, "Proximi Divinitatis" conceptualizes the process of enlightenment that sees mankind move toward a more utilitarianism moral stance.

Starting off with the unnerving "Intro", a series of political speeches in a variety of languages is overlaid with an eerie atmosphere. This launches us straight into the onslaught of "Dei Ora", complete with chunky bass melodies, barrage-like percussion, an axe attack of guitar riffs, and blood-churning brutal vocals. However, it is only in "Fatum Unica Veritas Est" that we start to get an inkling of what the band is truly capable of. This track is an absolute steamroller that just flattens anything in its way. The interplay between the guitarists and the drummer is really excellently done, giving the song a playful twist without losing its ruthless edge. This is carried over to "Fossa Comune", which takes on a more vicious and heavy tone. Here, the guitars really come to shine, taking the listener through a swirling tempestuous blizzard of riffs interspersed with solos that completely captivate you. "Veleno" on the other hand picks up the pace a bit, lending the song a more frantic and urgent feel. This is countered by the slower tempo taken in the title track "Proximi Divinitatis", coupled as it is with breakdowns. However, despite this slower pace, drummer Morbus Lucifugum gives it his all, playing some of the most impressive percussive parts of the album. Similarly, guitarist Cerusicus ends things off with a skillful cascade of a solo.

Whilst the Blacker aspects of this album are kept to a minimum throughout, the final two tracks arguably have even less of a Blackened feel to them that the earlier portion of the album. Whilst this puts more emphasis on the technical aspects of the album, fans of their previous darker style may be somewhat disappointed by this. Clocking in at just over half an hour, "Proximi Divinitatis" is also somewhat short for a full-length release. However, I really liked that the lyrics were done in Italian: this complements the brutality of the music well, and gives the music a much more honest feel.

Overall, this album is not earth-shatteringly ground breaking, but it is nevertheless a solid release that shows the potential of GORGANERA and piques interest as to what the band will accomplish next. Definitely worth at least checking out!

7 / 10


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"Proximi Divinitatis" Track-listing:

1. Intro
2. Dei Ora
3. Fatum Unica Veritas Est
4. Fossa Comune
5. Veleno
6. Proximi Divinitatis

GorganerA Lineup:

Sabbuth - Vocals & Rhythm Guitar
Cerusicus - Lead Guitar
Apocalisse - Bass
Morbus Lucifugum - Drums

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