Veni Vidi Vici (2013)
Canada, Self-released, Technical Death Metal
If anyone came into contact with the cosmic death metal band Xenocide, another right choice for him is Exterminatus. Apart from the fact, two members of the above took part in this project. This album is deeply embedded in sci-fi climates. More specifically – the action takes place in the Warhammer 40K universe. Album tells the story of Warmaster Fenris, who received a mission from the emperor to destroy the orcs invasion on a distant planet. That’s the concept. Personally, I’m not a big fan of Warhammer – I’m rather indifferent. In this case, the use of such story backing the insane death metal that is difficult to characterize – was very successful. How long you can sing about death and Satan? We set out to conquer the universe, watching Fenris dialogue with the ancient god of the C’tan. There are also other characters of what exactly does “Vini Vidi Vici” more “musical” than just a concept album. Sounds a little bit funny, I know. Knowing that Tabreez Azad was on this project – somehow does not surprise me that Exterminatus is extremely complex music form.
On the music side it will not be easy as well. It is brutal in every way. Technical death metal that will not bow down to the gods. It has a powerful dose of progression that sticks to the ground like nuclear missile and after a moment we see how the trees bend in the shock wave. Exterminatus likes to lurk and strike with surprise. Axes here – breakdowns there. Mercilessly. Boys begin to behave flippantly. They play with the listener, molest, stabbing him and he still wants more. It’s their style. Pervasive form of manipulation are long, virtuosic solos. They remind flame thrower a little. They destroy the whole area carefully. Surprising level of expanding precision. Strongly influence this epic album. The great job in this matter is done by instrumental tracks that sound like taken straight out of a movie. The same goes for samples used here and there. Applied with sensitivity and due moderation make the “Veni Vidi Vici” a serious piece of futuristic, technical music. Reminiscent of space voyages by Bal-Sagoth. The sound is clearer than the parent Xenocide. Vocals and drums are perfectly balanced on both sides and the guitars are perfectly set in the middle. Their destructive rhythm goes exactly into bloodstream. Bass has its moments and its used like a temporary boost. Pity there isn’t more of it because I love the “inclusions”. Vocals often evolves during these 38 minutes. Can be read from the role-play (low growl and high grunts) and for dessert, we get a single choruses. Exterminatus is a fantastic soundtrack. A journey into the unknown planet and participation in the great war. Recommended!