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Renascent Misanthropy - Resurgence Edition MMVII

Renascent Misanthropy - Resurgence Edition MMVII


Reviewed By Justin Donnelly
Published 07/08/2008

Resurrected, repackaged and rewarding

When Brisbane act Astriaal released their long awaited debut full-length effort Renascent Misanthropy in 2003, it was immediately hailed as landmark black metal release within the Australian metal scene. After a string of teaser E.P.'s to their name (2000's Summoning The Essence of Ancient Wisdom, 2001's Somnium Infinitus (Astriaal Archetype Anno MMI) and 2002's Deception Revelation), and a much talked about live reputation, the five-piece at (Who at the time consisted of vocalist Azarkhel, lead/acoustic guitarist Baaruhl, rhythm guitarist Helthor, bassist Murtach and drummer Gryphon) unleashed what was undoubtedly one of the biggest Australian metal releases of the year.

Flawlessly executed, technically challenging and full of brutal venom, the nine tracks on Renascent Misanthropy proved that the hype surrounding Astriaal was well and truly justified. While the album's consistency and quality is high throughout, highlights of the album included the haunting introductory track The Funeral Procession, the full-on blast of Ritual Hate Construct, the constantly shifting speed and atmospherics of Glories Of The Nightsky, Reaper Of Dark Ages and Arborescence, and the stunning progressive tinge to the instrumental Acquisition Of The Stars.

Unfortunately, the life of Renascent Misanthropy was prematurely cut short with the news that Blacktalon Media (The group's label at the time) would eventually close operations as of May 2006. But after a lengthy two years out of print, Obsidian Records have re-released the classic black metal release. Aside from a revamped and extended booklet/cover artwork, this Resurgence Edition MMVII version of the album is enhanced with a CD-ROM component featuring an extensive photo gallery (Containing forty-two pictures) and a professionally shot live video recording of Arborescence from Brisbane's annual metal festival Bloodlust in 2004 (Which was originally featured on 2005's Bloodlust - Extreme Live Australian Metal compilation D.V.D.).

While the current recording plans of the band is still somewhat unknown, I can only hope that the re-release of Renascent Misanthropy is merely Astriaal's reintroduction to new fans, before returning with another long awaited follow-up.

(Obsidian Records)

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Renascent Misanthropy - Resurgence Edition MMVII

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