Artist: Reverorum Ib Malacht
Album: De Mysteriis Dom Christi

Year: 2014
Genrer: Black Metal, Dark Ambient
Run time: 1h 11 min
My rating: 4.5 out of 5

Now here is a peculiar, mindboggling release, not because christian black metal is something new, on the contrary, bands like Antestor and Horde amongst others released albums from the early nineties and of course recieving a great amount of deathtreats. Personally I have never found anything interesting with the christian metalscene until this one popped up, and it's not only the background-story of the band or the unorthodox releases that makes this group fascinating.

Reverorum Ib Malacht hails from Uppsala, Sweden and consists of Emil Lundin and Mikael Mårtensson as the main members. Emil is no stranger to the general black metal listener as he has participated with bands such as Dödfödd and Ofermod, and on the side he was involved with lesser known obscure acts like Emit and Reverorum Ib Malacht.

By hearing about his departure from Ofermod and surprisingly converting into catholicism I thought for sure that the black metalscene never would see his appearance again, and I have never been so wrong. When the most of the black metal scene got over it's own head and fed it's egos to rockstar-like proportions while making easylistening, rocky partytunes to get an aim of the grammy award, Reverorum Ib Malacht wipes the anti-cosmic label from it's head and baptizes their creation to Roman Catholic Black Metal before they hoist the stakes and took charge with a title serving as a pun directed to Mayhem, and at the same time delivers some of the most unorthodox, non-trendy, non-conformistic, obnoxious material in the metal-scene. The most chocking and interesting thing is that RiM have spawned forth one of the most vile, repulsive creation with an essence so dark that most of the metalheads will reject this in awe, and not only because of the religious visions.

RiMs music consist of industrial, ambient slow droning noises with distorted samples of prayers, Churchbells, chantings and murmurs and mixes it with a couple of tracks black metal that may very well be more dark ambient/noise than metal due to the fact that the murky, blurry sound of the guitars gets buried behind low fi walls of syntheizers and pounding midpace blast beats that´s  accompanied by raspy screams, insane chantings and howlings, a combination bringing the listener to the blackest, most tortured state lurking in ones mentally disturbed corners.

Many bands have strayed along this path after Abruptum attempted  to create pure evilness in audial form and their concept got dragged further by acts like Paysage D´Hiver, Gnaw Their Tongues, Claustrophobia, Lajlia and Stalaggh/Gulaggh to name a few, Reverorum Ib Malachts takes this concept, drags it around and perverts it even further with it's holy intentions.

But is it really holy? I can put it like this; there is no way that you are able to find the salvation and open arms of Jesus here, instead try to picture yourself being in the middle of the sacrificial rituals of The order of the Light whilst the incursion of darkness greets everyone with it's molten presence and in the middle of everything the priest from Outlast and his accompany decides to join in.

After inserting this cd and pressing the playbutton there is not a single shed of light to be seen, it's almost like Reverorum Ib Malacht wanted to show you the existence of the devil and the atrocities of all living and dead instead of preaching of an entrance to heaven and the gifts it bears.

This may also be the most genious thing a christian ever have made in general because after listening to De Mysteriis Dom Christi almost every ubersatanic black metal act just lost it´s edge and feels spiritually uplifting, and that is just wrong!

And if you have followed this band and thought that the release of Urkaos was pretentious and odd then DMDC sets the bar even higher, every version of the CD/MC/LP have different recorded material.


Band members:
Karl Hieronymus Emil Lundin - Guitars, Bass, Drums, Vocals, Keyboards, Cello
Karl Axel Mikael Mårtensson - Guitars, Vocals, Lute, Flute

Label: Agonia Records
Country: Sweden

Myspace: https://myspace.com/malachtofficial
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Reverorum-ib-Malacht