Firmly entrenched in Progressive Black Metal, One With Morbidity, The Opus Misanthropy‘s self-titled opening salvo amps up the foreboding atmospherics from the get-go; eerie, almost out-of-key piano and a spoken-growled refrain perfectly encapsulating Dys Inbunden’s modus operandi and chilling to the bone.
Emperor, Behemoth, Dimmu Borgir; all are obvious touchstones but Dys Inbunden defiantly dig their own grave, revelling in pain and sorrow. Taking you on a thrilling journey into the very depths of hell, One With Morbidity‘s layer upon layer of nihilistic noise builds in terrifying intensity as the everlasting hell-fire creeps ever closer.
“Larva Pazuzu” is a rapid-fire assault on the senses, babylonian demons conjured amidst a blast of incessant Black Metal brutality while “He Who Worships Death” takes Black Metal into Jazz-Fusion territory, off-kilter melody sparring with bone-exposing barbarity. The overall stand-out though is “Mischievous Paths Of Nocturnal Lust” an utterly fearless arcane exploration of mayhem and malevolence that surrenders itself to primal expression.
Lengthy compostions, all manner of operatic flourishes and the feeling that Satan’s legions are on the march, One With Morbidity‘s 13 tracks over 86 minutes amount to one very important thing; Dys Inbunden have Progressive Black Metal all but perfected. 9/10