Look, we know this has been out for over a year but it seems to be getting something of a reactivation in Australia through Prosthetic Records; We didn’t review it last year so we’re making good on that oversight now, OK? Good, good… Ancient VVisdom purvey a hellish brand of psyche-tinged folk rock that sets its stall out with big, Peter Steele-style chorus played in understated style on a variety of outlandish instruments (bamboo percussion anyone? No? Machete percussion then?). Necessary Evil features the magnificently restrained yet strangely intense vocals of Nathan Opposition off to best effect, though every song here features a marvellous display of throating from the man. Forever Tonight is a bit more straightforward, nudging memories of UK crust Gods New Model Army to the fore, and that’s as good a comparison as any this particular writer can come up with at this point. Despite touring with metal bands like Ghost and Pentagram last year, sonically this band would appear to sit happier on the folk/punk/doom side of things – they’d go down a storm with an Amebix crowd, of that I’m sure. But perhaps the best thing on this album is a crust punk rewrite of Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust which goes on this album by the name of Lost Civilisation, wherein Opposition completely rips off the thin white duke but, such is his barefaced cheek and the conviction of his delivery , the lad manages to turn the whole thing into something of a victory.
There’s an awful lot to like about A Godlike Inferno, and, with the untimely demise of Woods of Ypres there might even be a space for them a step or two up the ladder in years to come. Watch this space is the obvious advice to give. If you haven’t heard this yet, it comes with hearty recommendations.