Black vinyl with gatefold cover. Limited 1000 copies
Mord are a black metal band with a lot of ties to some of the biggest acts in today’s scene, perhaps mainly through Malefic’s presence in the band. Funeral Mourning, Lugubre, Xasthur and Vrolok to name but a few. Whenever I look for new black metal bands, I tend to find associated bands through the ones I already enjoy listening to. This is exactly what I did when it came to Mord. I was reading up about Xasthur, as you do, and came across this band. People have a habit of liking, or completely ignoring the presence of a band through another, so I tried to avoided conflicted emotions. I successfully managed to look passed any doubt in my mind that was holding me back from hearing ‘Imperium Magnum Infernalis’. The result of this persistence is pleasing. ‘Imperium Magnum Infernalis’ is a black metal record very much to my liking. I can see a slight resemblance to Xasthur, actually. The atmospheric qualities of Mord are much like they are on Xasthur’s better quality sounding full-lengths. This is particularly in reference to ‘To Violate The Oblivious’, which is probably my favourite Xasthur record. Mord also contain elements that lead me to see influences in other directions. However, I find it’s probably quite unfair to name drop, despite the fact that I have done already. Mord are their own band, with their own sound. The way in which the music is produced and laid down for the audience suggests that Mord want to be their own influence. Each musician in this band will obviously take parts of other bands they been in and mould them into Mord because they know what works for them. The main influence simply has to be Xasthur. In terms of the vocals, the overall sound of ‘Imperium Magnum Infernalis’, everything. Malefic appears to have had the greater output on this record and his experience in the field of generating a grim sound has paid off. It came as no surprise to me that Malefic is in charge of the keyboards. As I stated earlier, the atmospheric qualities of this band are much like that of Xasthur. His influence on this record is undeniable. The keyboards are perhaps the strongest element of Mord’s ‘Imperium Magnum Infernalis’. They create an ever-present atmosphere which lingers over the other instruments like a cloud of thunder and lightning. Ready and waiting to strike it’s audience with another euphoric earful of wave after wave of attacks. The piercing and probing keyboards often steady the ship. The vocals aren’t particularly special, high rasping sounds unleashed in an unfathomable style. They, of course, are indecipherable, but that doesn’t hinder the progress the rest of Mord’s aspects make. If anything, the vocals draw attention to the better parts of Mord’s game. Mord’s ‘Imperium Magnum Infernalis’ is one for the black metal demon inside you waiting to be released.
1. Necrobestiality = Goatworship
2. Occulta Sodomistica
3. In Nomine Sathanas
4. Part I: Summon The Beast / Part II: Seeds Of Evil
5. Rise From Hades