The latest offering of black metal filth, and the second full length release overall, In Desolationem Per Nefandum from Texas based Dagon has to be hands down one of the most, umm… confusing albums this reviewer has ever heard in this genre of music. Actually confusing is a real nice way of saying horrible; because I honestly don't understand what these guys were thinking when they put this one together. For starters the vocals are just downright tedious to listen to, as vocalist (?) Blood Moon gargles and croaks his way through these tracks like someone just removed a dagger from his belly. Then there's the sound and production of the album itself. Someone should have been keeping an eye on the producer or the engineer because nothing sounds like it was mic'ed or recorded properly. At times the drummer, who actually appears to be a competent player, sounds like he's pounding away on a tin can and the cymbal splashes are way too crisp. The guitar lines raging away in the background are barely audible and what you can hear is so thin it's as if the bottom end wasn't even considered. If you add all this together, it's hard to focus on the material itself or the actual performances, neither of which come across as being particularly impressive or anything you haven't heard before anyway.
Bang up job on the artwork and packaging though, now if they could just spend half as much time and effort on the music and how it's presented, then at least there would be something to work with.
1) Sukhavati Inverted-Ensnaring Paths to Bliss and Misery
2) The Kings of Malice Return to their Rightful Place
3) By ye Rights of Word and Willcraft
4) The Code of Tritheimus
5) Vestiments of Servitude and Devotion
6) Corpus Hermecticum
7) Mind Born Sons of the Sacred Radiance-The Adoration and Conjuration of the Shining Seven