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Boomkat Product Review:
In an age when all manner of hipsters and bandwagoneers are delving into the dark heart of black metal it's a considerable pleasure to clap ears on this masterful entry into the genre by Norwegian band Orcustus, delivering their debut album - an ear-shredding opus that's been three years in the making... "Orcustus was formed in early 2002 by vocalist and songwriter Taipan. Derived from Orcus, meaning Hades or Hell, the band name was taken from an early 1990's underground fanzine of the same name published by former Emperor drummer Bård Faust. Co-founding members of the band were Gorgoroth guitarists Tormentor and Infernus, and drummer Dirge Rep of Enslaved/Gehenna. The band's first demo, simply called Demo 2002, was recorded and released in late 2002, and limited to 1000 copies. The material for the demo had been written by Taipan in the years before Orcustus was formed, when he was active in his former band, Abattoir (Nor). The demo quickly sold out, and garnered praise from well-known figures in the black metal scene, such as Fenriz of Darkthrone and Frost of Satyricon. The demo also found its ways into the claws of Southern Lord Records, and was immediately released on the 7" vinyl EP World Dirtnap in 2003. In 2005 Southern Lord released their second 7" vinyl EP, Wrathrash. Both these slabs of blackened sickness quickly sold out upon their release and are sought after gems in the Black Metal underground. In 2007/2008 Orcustus triumphed over many obstacles and psycho-logical trauma to lay down the filth that is this their debut full-length debut album. Cloaked in black mystery and veiled in dark secrecy the beast that is Orcustus has left a noxious rotting corpse for the rabid hordes of evil to devour"