REVIEW: Vesania - God The Lux
Napalm Records, 2005
The Polish black metal band Vesania was formed in 1997 by frontman Orion and drummer Daray, two individuals who have later been sessioning for more well-known countrymen Behemoth and Vader respectively. The band has been acting in the shadows of the latter but perhaps things will change now that they have secured a contract with Austria's Napalm Records for the worldwide release of their sophomore effort "God The Lux". It is impossible to deny the fact that Vesania have been musically inspired by both earlier and later works from Dimmu Borgir. The Polish band's symphonic black metal is not devoid of either the later more brutal death metal sound, nor the wonderful keyboard arrangements of their mid-period works. Slight industrial overtones also color the entire recording, especially in the production department and the way guitars and drums sound. "God The Lux" is a very intense and dynamic album where a lot of thought has been put into arranging the songs. Surrounding what might at first be interpreted as shattered pieces and chaos there is control and structure which brings harmony in darkness. The Polish metal scene has never been stronger than now and while most attention so far has been directed towards the death metal bands perhaps the new Vesania album will make the media and fans realize that there is more evil boiling below surface, awaiting evaporation. No seventh wonder competitor but a solid slab of brutal and symphonic black metal that most fans of Dimmu Borgir in particular should appreciate.