ANTAEUS

"Cut Your Flesh and Worship Satan" (Necropolis/Baphomet; 2000)

Reviewed by Christopher J. Kelter

Antaeus is true black metal (i.e. no keyboards) from France that rips your flesh with a dull serrated edge - it's gonna hurt and it's gonna be messy.

A lesson in Greek mythology is in order. Antaeus is the god who remains invincible as long as he is touching Earth. It seems odd to me that black metal band would name themselves after a god that lost his powers when not touching the Earth, but I digress into mental masturbation.

Early Mayhem comes to mind on "Cut Your Flesh And Worship Satan." Every track is a blackened assault on the senses with long instrumental interludes that barely allow you to catch your breath. The music is cold, heartless, unforgiving, and reeks of callous indifference - just as true black metal should sound.

Only died-in-the-wool black metal fans will like Antaeus's "Cut Your Flesh And Worship Satan." For all others, Antaeus would be as enjoyable as a catheter. The speedy parts and scratchy dissonance is almost a repellent for even the staunchest of metal heads. Antaeus will probably stay in the underground as their style probably has very little appeal to a wide audience.

Oddly enough, the production is surprisingly good for black metal. In an era when underproduction in the black metal realm is seen as a band's adherence to the 'true-ness' of the scene it is nice to hear a black metal band take their sound seriously. 

Antaeus is MkM on vocals, Set and Thorgon on guitars, Sagoth on bass, and Storm on drums. 

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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