Ad Patres – Scorn Aesthetics (2013)
Review by Jude Felton
For whatever reason, time usually being the main one, I sometimes let reviews slip through the cracks. By that I mean that I fully intended to write one, have listened to the album and whatnot, yet I didn’t get around to it as soon as I would have liked. That is the case with Ad Patres ferocious album, Scorn Aesthetics, which was released by Kaotoxin Records back in February. This is a further confounded by the fact that the French label has yet to release anything that I have not liked. Ah well, better late than never, right?
Onto the case in hand and that being Scorn Aesthetics which is, aside from being a great name for an album, a monstrous slab of death metal. The band itself was created by Alsvid, who you may know from French black metal exponents, Seth, and Scorn Aesthetics is their debut album, after having release an EP and split album. And it’s a beast.
What Ad Patres have delivered on this album is an almost claustrophobic sense of being smothered by the sheer weight of the music. A short intro, entitled … launches straight into The Lock, and its deep throaty death metal vocals, tight riffing and blistering drumming all the way into the darkness.
The pace of Scorn Aesthetics is a fairly brisk one, with the entire album running to about 30 minutes or so, but that’s not to say that Ad Patres don’t mix it up. Sure, the drumming thunders along, most of the time, but such is the musicianship and songwriting that nothing sounds repetitive. By the time you reach the punch of In Vivo you’ll have been given a good solid beating, and you’ll still have three more tracks to go!
Fortunately, the production here is pretty damned good, so even though the music smothers you, throws you in a sack and beats you around the head, everything sounds great in the mix. No one element overpowers another, with each musician being given ample room to flex their muscles, allowing the songs to shine.
Scorn Aesthetics delivers the more brutal and, dare I say, old school approach to intensely fast technical death metal. However, aside from the more intricate parts there is plenty of room for good old-fashioned heavy-as-hell riffing. It’s all very good and definitely needs to be played loud!
If you haven’t had the chance to check out Ad Patres yet, this is the perfect opportunity as this is a killer album. Fast, heavy as fuck and totally unforgiving.
Scorn Aesthetics is available now from Kaotoxin Records.