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By the twilight of the "aughts," Hungary's reclusive one-man black metal wrecking crew, Aetherius Obscuritas, had already been active for almost a decade, producing intriguing albums rife with abrupt dynamic twists and improbable fusions of their chosen genre's old guard and its avant-garde. And, not surprisingly, Arkhorri's (for that is his nom de plume) fifth full-length, 2009's Fekete Orvosság: Black Medicine, carries forth in much the same fashion, by masking the versatile songwriting of this vocalist/multi-instrumentalist (only the drums are assigned to another, one Zson) beneath a grimy layer of buzz and fuzz to ensure its lo-fi credentials. Nevertheless, black metal gourmands will surely eagerly devour the fetid entrails disemboweled from numerous inspired tracks ranging from the erratically paced onslaught of "First Breath" to the surprisingly accessible, vocally eclectic (dirty, clean, even falsettos) "The Moon Shield." The astonishingly sweet melodic intro to "Freezing Embrace" and "In the Wake of a Remain Footprint" (say what?) offers further evidence of Arkhorri's fearless chance-taking, while the decision to cover Swedish heroes Marduk's "The Black Tormentor of Satan" and German power pirate metal legends Running Wild's "Black Demon," shows his willingness to give credit where credit is due for his many influences. All of these qualities lend an unusual amount of variety to Black Medicine, but don't be fooled: this is still a true-blue (or black) black metal album, which, needless to say, proves quite definitely that a spoonful of sugar doesn't always help the medicine go down — not for the faint-hearted.

Biography

Formed: 2002 in Szigetvár, Hungary

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

The black metal band known as Aetherius Obscuritas is actually the work of one man, Hungarian vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Arkhorrl, whose real name is Vágvölgyi Viktor. After deciding to launch Aetherius Obscuritas in 2002, Arkhorrl recorded a pair of demos in 2003's Világra Jött and 2004's Sötét Prófécia that inaugurated a tradition of fiercely underground music saluting controversial Scandinavian black metal staples like Burzum, Ragnarok, and Ancient. 2004 also yielded the first of several...
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Fekete Orvossag - Black Medicine, Aetherius Obscuritas
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  • £7.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Metal
  • Released: 15 November 2009

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