Pyrefica­tivm

PATH OF THE WORLD

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LIV­ING TEM­PLE MIND-BEND­ING BLACK ME­TAL SPIRITUALI­SM FROM CHILE From its Hindi script ti­tle (roughly trans­lated as ‘Path Of The World’) to its open­ing three min­utes of twin­kling, psy­che­delic am­bi­ence, Chilean cultists Pyrefica­tivm’s de­but makes no at­tempt to con­form to even stan­dard no­tions of avant-garde BM, let alone more ortho­dox strains. When heav­i­ness does ar­rive, it’s in the form of a slow-burn­ing wave of dis­so­nant melan­choly, chest-deep in eerie re­verb and un­der­pinned by un­nerv­ing, cav­ernous drones. Mean­while, bursts of speed are tem­pered by ethe­real fe­male voices and a haze of grim anx­i­ety. Clearly, this is not fa­mil­iar ter­ri­tory and we haven’t reached the end of the first track. Fans of Ne­gura Bunget will be fa­mil­iar with this glee­ful dis­man­tling of ex­pected norms and an oth­er­worldly, quasi-spir­i­tual aes­thetic that strives to de­liver more than mere riffs and screams. Across 75 be­wil­der­ing min­utes, the flame of the old school is a re­as­sur­ing, flick­er­ing pres­ence, but at its heart this is an au­da­cious jour­ney through dark worlds yet un­ex­plored.

FOR FANS OF: NE­GURA BUNGET, SHAMMASCH, MORBUS CHRON

DOM LAW­SON

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