Portugal’s raw black metal underground, particularly orbiting around its Black Circle, has quietly become one of the most potent international scenes for unapologetic black metal purism. Of its denizens, Mons Veneris is arguably the darkest, most mystery-draped exemplar of this sound: incredibly lo-fi and raw in a most otherworldly way. And since the early 2000s, Mons Veneris has built a vast discography across countless demos and split releases, each one rarer than the next. But now, courtesy of Altare Productions in conspiracy with Frost and Fire, the band is set to release one of its most challenging and unsettling recordings yet: Sibilando com o Mestre Negro.
There’s no disputing Mons Veneris’ credentials when it comes to the rawest and most lo-fi of black metals. But across said discography, the band have never been shy about exploring more experimental fringes far removed from black metal, using dark ambient as the base foundation but by no means limited to it. With Sibilando com o Mestre Negro, Mons Veneris shift gears and largely focus on an extremely dissonant, tension-inducing palette of violin, cello, and classical guitar. It couldn’t be further from pure black metal, and yet the haunting resonances and concerted strive for fuck-off unorthodoxy actually strike deep into the heart of what black metal means. And therein lies the paradox: Mons Veneris unshackle themselves from the dogma and rules of black metal and yet arrive at a place hardly removed from it. But alas, the maimed ‘n’ malformed notes across the album reach a further fever pitch when the record explodes into a blizzard of grim splendor, quite characteristic of Portugal’s Black Circle.
Utterly dark, truly disturbing, Sibilando com o Mestre Negro is a journey into a sick mind (or a collective of minds). Each track untitled, weaving into a continuous work like a book, Mons Veneris’ Sibilando com o Mestre Negro can be viewed as a modern analogue to the French Black Legions’ sickest and most secretive projects like Vzaéurvbtre, Dvnaèbkre, and Amaka Hahina. Worship, or die. (Text by Nathan Birk)
Once again Mons Veneris break all the rules of orthodoxism with “Sibilando com o Mestre Negro”. Not a surprise for those familiar with this band.
Limited to 500 copies (jewel case with a 12 page booklet), co-release with Frost & Fire (Gre).