End Of Mankind : “Faciem Diaboli” CD & Digital & Tape 08th November 2019 Malleus Records. French Black Metal band.
Review written by Kelly Tee.
Post black metal they said, atmospheric blackness they said. Yes those descriptions are true, however, there is an obvious essence of second wave aggressive black metal here and so much more.
The French black metal band End Of Man Kind, hailing from Paris, formed in 2015, underwent some changes to the band line-up and have stormed back confidently into the scene with a ‘take no prisoners‘ attitude and musical execution that carries depth, weight, and originality.
Their 2019 debut album Faciem Diaboli is treacherous and wrecking. Therefore, prepare your ears to be smashed right off your face and for the angry matter you seek in Black Metal to be found and thriving within this album.
While this music reeks of the influence of the second-wave black metal movement and we welcome the stench, End Of Mankind most certainly have their progressive elements highlighted throughout this album with interesting and rhythmic drum tracks and beats, and heavy rock & roll riffs. Add in a relentless screaming vocalist that propels sounds of desperation temper and rawness in a manner that is sure to become distinctive the more this band becomes established.
The shimmering melodies that creep into Faciem Diaboli are captivating and exciting, and it is hard to listen to their sounds without moving your head to the passion of it all.
Complete with some well thought out and strategically placed tempo changes and eerie ambiance within tracks such as Howling And Lurid Figures, there is also great undertones of traditional and extreme metal influence throughout this album.
A rare and momentary reprieve is provided from the heavy aggression, and I refer to the instrumental and moody track Misanthropic Urge To Expand. A track which is significantly softer in comparison while showcasing shrilling faded guitar patterns and a moving display of acoustic guitar riffs with subtle despondent beats, before being swiftly thrown into the next track of a black & punk blast of percussion attack with a track full of dissonance and brutality, that is Dread Reign.
In The Throes Of Displeasure, what a ride this track is! The melodies that run through the veins of this onslaught of aggressive Black Metal are incredibly dark and appealing with the vocal folds of Anxiferath diving to a deep vicious level of despair and anguish. A brooding track with a sleek switch of ferocity halfway through throwing a moment of psychedelic and sullen sounds before retrieving its savagery and swelling a cesspool of mean, fast and fantastic belligerent metal with pain heard in the final touches of tortured screams and distant beastly growls.
Have a taste :
End Of Man Kind is great at highlighting their reach and ability to contrast their tracks throughout this excellent album, with elements of punk, death, atmospheric and progressive sounds. With tight and fitting grooves thrown in as well as a good strong dose of homage to some of the great Norwegian black metal legends and all this combined, makes the entire album feels exciting and fresh.
Nether less to say , ‘Faciem Diaboli’ is riddled with speed, abrasiveness, and innovation, clearly, these lads are not willing to stay within any one metal silo with black metal most certainly being the main element that pulls all these dangerously sharp links altogether.
The 2019 releases just keep coming, and ‘Faciem Diaboli’ is no exception. This is an album you will listen to once and feel the urge to have this for your own 90/100.