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Oppress – Regina Mundi [EP]

oppress – regina mundi [ep]

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‘Regina Mundi’ is the off kilter third release from UK one man misanthropic Black Metal project Oppress, whose bludgeoning drumming style, bass heavy rumbling baritone and snarled/whispered vocal style clash right from the opening note to create a cacophony of hostile proportions. I say clash rather than combine due to the fact that this EP has a less than cohesive feel to it, and seems more intent of simply hammering its listeners into the ground rather than creating anything particularly listenable. When the overbearing drumming display briefly abates the maliciousness and savagery that hides beneath their barbarity comes out to cast its poisoned bile over proceedings, but sadly this is a rare instance and the majority of this release is a punishing reminder that there is far better Black Metal out there to listen to. I could appreciate this a lot more if I thought it was intended to sound inhospitable, and there are various BM projects that create sounds and noise with the intension of their work being an ordeal, a test of aural endurance. For me ‘Regina Mundi’ sadly doesn’t fit into this category and comes over as frankly poorly written and underwhelmingly performed. (Marksson)

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