FORMICARIUS

Symphonic Black Metal • United Kingdom
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Formed in 2014, Formicarius is a symphonic black metal band from London. They released their debut album Black Mass Ritual in 2017.
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FORMICARIUS Black Mass Ritual album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Black Mass Ritual
Symphonic Black Metal 2017
FORMICARIUS Rending The Veil Of Flesh album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Rending The Veil Of Flesh
Symphonic Black Metal 2020

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Lake Of The Dead
Symphonic Black Metal 2015

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FORMICARIUS Rending The Veil Of Flesh

Album · 2020 · Symphonic Black Metal
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Kev Rowland
This is the second album from Formicarius, who have brought in of Kevin Paradis of Benighted to provide drum duties this time around. He isn’t the only guest either as Sakis Tolis (Rotting Christ) and Nicholas Miller (Aklash) are involved on “Early Will I Seek Thee”. Both bassist Hægtesse and guitarist Lord Saunders provide different types of vocals, while there are also some female backing vocals here and there which provide some clarity through the symphonic black metal onslaught which I suspect are provided by keyboard player Morath. The final member of the band is lead guitarist Nazarkardeh, who can often be found leading the death metal act De Profundis.

There are times when this album is very good indeed, showcasing all that one would expect from this style of music, but for me it just isn’t consistent enough to make it a great piece of work. There is a reason why notes are seldom held for very long from singers in this style of music, and there are too many instances when there is just too much quavering and going off key. But the use of a twin vocal attack of black and death must be applauded as it’s not something which is heard very often. I would like the keyboards to be more aggressive and slightly more forward in the mix, but that would have to be at degradation of the guitars which are very good indeed with strong interlinks and riffs. It easy to see why Paradis is in such demand these days as he really takes control here and provides an incredible foundation for the rest of the band to work with.

If they can keep him in the band and continue to drive forward then the next album could see them taking the genre to a whole new level.

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