Following on from 2019’s enjoyable Novus Lux Dominus, Ater Ignis contains 45 minutes of Orthodoxy’s dark, occult death metal.
On Ater Ignis Orthodoxy continue to supply us with death metal that is sinister and malevolent. The influence of bands such as Incantation, Immolation, and Morbid Angel can continue to be heard, but as on their debut album, Orthodoxy still aren’t limited to these.
One of the appeals of Orthodoxy is their blend of melody and atmosphere. The music combines the two into a mood-rich approach to songcraft. This is then carefully balanced against death metal’s innate instant-gratification through straightforward brutality, making for songs that take the best from both worlds; Ater Ignis delivers both heavy aggression and immersive dark auras.
These well-written songs are engaging and satisfying in their crisp delivery. Adopting a range of crushing paces and absorbing moods, each song provides an imposing slab of atmospheric death metal for the listener to explore, taking its time to build ominous soundscapes that claw and bite.
Ater Ignis is another solid piece of work from Orthodoxy. The band have produced a worthy successor to their debut album.
A recommended listen.