Ive been told that France has been home to a few good bands over the years, but like you, aside from Air Id be hard pressed to name them. Sure weve read about those wacky French kids jumping on the church-burning, murderous bandwagon, but can they play music? Well, lets just say they try, but dont quite get there. Obscurus Advocam tries, really tries to invoke the dread and despair created by their Scandinavian neighbors, but give off too much of a sheen and a polish to really pull it off.
This may seem like a non-sequitur, but remember when we first heard Thom Yorkes solo album and wondered why it wasnt just released as a Radiohead disc? What we have in Verbia Daemonicus is essentially a solo project of Glorior Belli founder Infestuus and theres that same futility to the album that brings nothing new to the genre and makes one wonder why it was released as a separate project in the first place. This album, as it turns out is better than the latest Glorior Belli release, but still manages to be painted by the same black-by-numbers songwriting thatll have more accustomed listeners reaching for the Burzum CD.
6.4 / 10
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