In Cauda Venenum – G.O.H.E. (Review)

In Cauda Venenum - G.O.H.E.In Cauda Venenum are a French post-black metal band and this is their second album.

Much like In Cauda Venenum’s self-titled debut album, G.O.H.E. contains just two tracks, but each is over 20 minutes in length.

G.O.H.E. is a multifaceted and emotive blend of rich black metal, expressive post-rock, and layered atmospherics. Guest piano, cello, and double bass help enhance these elements significantly, and are incorporated into the overall musical framework extremely effectively. In Cauda Venenum have always been ambitious in their sound, and on G.O.H.E. they have set their aspirations higher than ever.

The band’s approach is an epic one, and is highly atmospheric and immersive. The long durations of the tracks are well-used and never become tiresome. It is easy to get lost in the story that’s presented, and you can really experience the world that In Cauda Venenum build. The individual elements of the songs really draw you in, but it’s the full holistic package that In Cauda Venenum do so well. This is music that drips emotion and dark feeling. It’s lovingly-crafted and well-written. Each of these tracks is a complete experience in its own right, while also fitting together perfectly.

It’s hard to really express how much I enjoy music like this. There’s so much texture here that you can almost feel it, and the band’s atmospheric, emotive approach hits the spot massively. G.O.H.E. is In Cauda Venenum’s best work so far, and a hugely impressive piece of work.

Essential listening for any fan of atmospheric post-black metal.

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