The Ajna Offensive&Norma Evangelium Diaboli, 15.04.18 Altar of Perversion has seemingly made a name in obscure circles during their over 20 years of activity.
After cultivating their occult passion, the band has found inspiration for a new work. By way of what they refer to as pan-European Satanism, the duo has travelled in the mind, and returned with wisdom and self-knowledge.
The details are vague.
The musical byproduct of the spiritual journey, is just under two hours of gnostic-meditative black metal.
Intra Naos consists of no more than 6 tracks, but these goes on and on. From the shortest song of not fully fifteen minutes, to the longest on 25 minutes, the average is approximately 19 minutes. With a lengthy duration, I'll rather be brief myself, in a feeble attempt to compensate.
Ritualistic black metal is riding in waves across a blood red sky, like the Wild Hunt. Quieter parts of the seance are followed by whipping storms, and vice versa. Ad nauseam, or so it seems.
The music is hypnotic with its satanic spiritual atmosphere, but it's got riffs with sharp edges, and airy percussion. The music doesn't just forms a muddy, buzzing and soporific whole, but assumes dynamic shapes with many shades and constant variation.
Not thus said that you can't fall asleep to Intra Naos. If you have lively imagination, it may well be that the music has its effect on your sleep, and its peculiar cinematic universe. Sweet dreams.
PS: The album is recorded with the sound tuned to 432 Hz as the base tone, a frequency also known among other as the Verdi tuning/pitch, after the Italian composer. This frequency is supposedly a universal cornerstone among frequencies, with almost magical properties. Altar of Perversion explains this and more in an interview with the always methodical zine Bardo Methodology.
As a perpetual rational sceptic, however, I couldn't help investigating the matter a bit further. As expected, the effect of this philosophical pitch seems to be as mythical and fictional as the philosopher's stone. Admittedly, it must be said that there might be more between heaven and earth than what science has revealed, and is able to explain. Rating: 4+