Conceived within the lesser-explored, darkest / blackest recesses of the mind and residing on the edge of lunacy, "E x | I s t" is an examination of the emptiness, numbness and futility of life. Bleak, hypnotic, obscure and eerie, this is a harrowing cocktail of anguished, emotive Black Metal despondency. A maelstrom of melancholy communicated through archaic harmonies and tormented vocals. Do we live or do we merely breathe? INFESTUS has been streamlined into a one-man entity and Andras' attack on this new exploration is sharper and more intense than hitherto, a soul-searching voyage that brings the listener to the very cusp of schizophrenia (and beyond); to be forever plagued by the tendrils of (un)reality. As the personal trauma intensifies, the mind is ceremoniously fragmented, leading to catatonia and a relentless decline into an unresponsive state. The individual personality is corroded; irreversible breakdown takes hold. The body remains but it is now a shell; nothing worthwhile dwells within. As past meets present, life as we know it has ceased. Pure, distilled lamentations accompany the protagonist on a downward spiral to the depths of depravity, where repression and degeneration await. Pitiful nothingness remains; life transmuted into shallow non-existence. E x | I s t ... desist.
This album is a Killer. For me, it was love at first sight. It's sad that the band wound up in a rediculous drama. The other album is not good at all, from start to finish, it's just screaming without direction because black metal formula said so. So i was sceptical and wanted to know why. Then i read about the band and found out that the sequel to this album is elsewhere to find, so i bought that one too. The music is monumental and the mind behind the music had left the band. 90sWasAwful