Zorormr - Corpus Hermeticum (Nocturna)

Refreshing, honest black metal...
Release Date: 
22 Feb 2015 - 12:30am

After all the fruity black metal stylings that I've been listening to of late (Aztec/cosmic/suicidal etc) Zorormr's third album Corpus Hermeticum comes as a refreshing change; it's straight up black metal - though it has been touted as 'basement black metal - not that the production, which is excellent, would give any indication of it having been made in the cellar. This is a solo project of Moloch and it's remarkably straight forward as black metal goes. The dramatic intro to I Am Legend swiftly leads into some chunky black metal riffage with sweet drums and juicy blasting/riffing. I was immediately struck by the quality of the production. Against All Heresies shows how much Zorormr favours the slow chords with hammering leads but this style is regularly replaced with blasting so you get a good mix of pace.

In The Mouth Of Madness has Mike Wead (King Diamond, Mercyful Fate) and Hal (Vader) doing some guest work, though to what extent, I'm not sure. The chunky breaks and ascending/descending chord work is solid and I'm refreshed by the absence of unnecessary complications. And thus runs the entire album pretty much. There's nothing to blow your mind but the straight up honesty and purity is quite enough for me, thank you very much.

Title track Corpus Hermeticum has a nice mellow bit before re-launching into the fatter sections of the tune and the solos are magnificent. The softer vibe is also reprised on the intro to The Seventh Sermon To The Dead before getting all chunky with some lovely guitar work bolstering the tune considerably. In fact, the whole album functions as an excellent remedy to having overdone it with other more grandiose types of black metal - but then again you might possibly get equal relief by digging out an old Venom album?