Nefarium Ad Discipulum

Nefarium Ad Discipulum
On this third record, Nefarium slay with an unrelenting, pounding attack. From the tremolo malevolence to the ceaseless blast beats, it's black metal through and through. There are few, if any, leanings towards external genres, save a recurring fiddle. Used sparingly, it's only truly self-evident in "Servus Servorum Satanae," though that is also tastefully done and could hardly be construed as a momentary attempt at folk. Rather, it serves as a totally unexpected, but welcomed, jolt and a break from the formula. Although there is a black metal template, it's one that Nefarium use to their advantage, as they are able to surprise by leaping out of it occasionally. It may not be groundbreaking, but Ad Discipulum is immersing and improves as it progresses. The musicianship is very tight, particularly the drumming, while the production is admirable; it's a perfect midpoint between processed and gritty. This is definitely recommended for black metallers. (Agonia)