Metal Hammer (UK) - - Subterrane­a - | ARGONAUTA | CHRISTINA WENIG

Ital­ian/Enochian mys­tics go back to the source

It’s hard to say where Nibiru came from. Of­fi­cially, the trio are based in Turin, Italy but their mu­sic sounds like it stems from far away di­men­sions as well as the muggy depths of some jun­gle, both un­touched by civil­i­sa­tion. But no mat­ter what dark and muddy hole they emerged from, their as­cen­sion with 2013’s Caosgon hap­pened widely un­no­ticed by the broad public, which is why now, two al­bums later, they’ve re­leased an ex­tended ver­sion of their de­but with a new art­work and master, plus an ad­di­tional track from the orig­i­nal record­ing ses­sions. And you’d bet­ter fas­ten your seat belts for this wild ride.

From the very first sec­ond, Caosgon un­leashes its magic; cow­bells ring in the 18-minute opener,

In­vo­ca­tion I – The Acid Skull, as if they were to warn you to make room for the crush­ing sludge riffs that are about to kick in. Ar­dath’s Enochian tribal chants sum­mon spir­its from far away worlds while there are synths waft­ing in the back­ground. It doesn’t take long un­til you get com­pletely lost in this erup­tion of sonic ex­per­i­men­ta­tion, tex­tures and dis­tor­tion.

Aster Ar­gos is the pin­na­cle of the shaman-like chant­ing as the band slowly add lay­ers of sound and the song builds up un­til it fi­nally ex­plodes in a burst of en­ergy. The pre­vi­ously unreleased track, In­vo­ca­tion III – L.S.D, adds a new facet to this mainly im­pro­vised, amor­phous hour of mu­sic with its up­tempo drum­beat while Ar­dath works him­self up into ec­static shout­ing.

But as trance-in­duc­ing as Caosgon of­ten is, it’s hardly what you’d call an easy-lis­ten­ing record. It is an ex­per­i­ment in how far you can bend, twist and de­con­struct heavy mu­sic. The songs de­mand your at­ten­tion, they de­mand that you get in­volved with ev­ery fi­bre of your mind. Nibiru man­age to sound both fu­tur­is­tic and an­cient, with the new mas­ter­ing only adding to the force and depth of these record­ings. Al­though the more struc­tured and fo­cused fol­low-up al­bums, Ne­tray­oni and Pad­malo­tus, make it a bit eas­ier to fol­low Nibiru’s path to pre­vi­ously undis­cov­ered worlds, Caosgon is an im­por­tant cor­ner­stone of that very path.

Nibiru are ev­ery­where and ev­ery time

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