AZAZEL "Aegrum Satanas Tecum" [12" LP, Black Vinyl]
2021 - Black Metal from Finland
Formed in that fateful year of 1992, AZAZEL are among the first black metal bands to hail from Finland - and undoubtedly, one of the most cult. The band released a demo in 1993 and a minialbum in '96, but then receded into the shadows and misery for many years. Following a split album in 2011, however, the black flame of AZAZEL was burning brightly once again, resulting in the full-lengths Jesus Perversions (2012) and Witches Deny Holy Trinity (2015). And while it would seem that the shadows of misery ensnared the band again, some demons never die... Now, at long last, those shadows recede and reveal AZAZEL's long-awaited third album, Aegrus Satanas Tecum. Immediately and righteously recognizable as AZAZEL, Aegrus Satanas Tecum is a unique record in that it bridges all the band's eras whilst opening new portals into the black beyond. Here, one will find the near-bestial filth & fury of Jesus Perversions alongside the more haunting and even stately sensations of Witches Deny Holy Trinity. But, like anything in AZAZEL's wild & weird world, ramshackle insanity runs riot - and often - and thus is a variety of songcraft employed to mangle the mind and ruin the spirit. And yet, the finesse with which AZAZEL accomplish this, playing something "primitive" but in clear & cutting fashion (and vice versa), bespeaks some strange magick on the band's part and lends even more staying power to their ever-uncompromising sound. Above all, Aegrus Satanas Tecum is an album that's equally early '90s as it is NOW: AZAZEL are more undead than ever. "Accomplished"? Perhaps? Ancient? Always. AZAZEL may be predictably unpredictable, but Aegrus Satanas Tecum proves that their twisting saga is far from over...