“V: The Inside Scriptures”

By Dr. Abner Mality

The French black metal scene is kinda creepy and really out there. If you like a lot of dissonance and inhuman tones in your black metal, the Frenchies got your jam. At the absolute pinnacle of that scene are Blut Aus Nord and Deathspell Omega, but Aosoth are no slouches.

“V: The Inside Scriptures” assaults your senses with a tidal wave of brutal speed riffing with a death metal feel. On top of that raging blast, Aosoth layer guitar work that is queasy and dissonant in the extreme. You feel like you’re trying to stand on quicksand when you listen to it. That being said, the band is more coherent in their approach than Blut Aus Nord or Deathspell Omega. The opening track “A Heart to Judge” cracks your skull and throws you off balance, but second track “Her Feet Upon the Earth, Blooming The Fruits” is even more dark and brutal. Aosoth contains members of Temple of  Baal and Hell Militia and you can hear traces of those bands here.

The title track slows things down to a syrupy morass before building momentum again. All six tunes here are fairly lengthy, but not excessively so. Let’s just say that if this record was any longer, it would be almost impossible to endure. This is suffocating stuff.