Kult of Taurus Adverserial Paths The Sinister Essence 01Greece is quite the influential hotbed for black metal. Whether it’s the progressive stylings of Zemial, the symphonic bludgeoning of Septicflesh, or Rotting Christ‘s ability to make me feel like I’m Kratos with their epic songcraft, Greece has churned out some pretty incredible music over the last few decades [And don’t forget Nightfall.Steel Druhm]. After one album and a few splits, Kult of Taurus arrives with Adversarial Paths: The Sinister Essence, hoping to join their brethren in the pits of Hades, and they have gloriously succeeded in their path to unholy greatness…

…before stopping the elevator on the top floor heading down, chilling with the jaywalkers, people who shoplifted penny candy, and those poor souls who were caught cutting the tags off their mattresses in their mortal lives. Proper opener “Black Embrace” ironically sounds a bit like The Karelian Isthmus-era Amorphis in its doomy-deathy dirge only with less interesting riffs, with Hellscum’s drumming being the only real interesting tidbit besides Sarpedon’s more death metal growling. There are some interesting cymbal flourishes and steady double bass, but then the song changes up to more of a groove-oriented, almost Sepultura-on-downers feel. Sarpedon goes crazier with the howling and the volume on Hellscum’s bass drums almost doubles, leaving me very disoriented, and not in a good way. And then it changes again in the final third of the song before going back to that opening riff again.

And that’s a huge problem I have with Adversarial Paths. There are so many odd change-ups in each song, and I don’t mean “cool curveballs,” either. If you had told me this was a debut album from a young band, I would have believed you. It doesn’t help that there is very little in terms of memorable riffs going on in the whole album, with the melodic riff 1:30 into “Edafio I” being a major exception. In fact, “Through Lunar Wombs” would be the standout on here as it’s the only full track that held my attention, and it even has some interesting bass parts by Platon and cool atmospheric guitar melodies by Bile and Sythanagon.

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Also not helping things is the production. It’s blaringly inconsistent. You have warm bass and guitars, but the drums are either too loud (the aforementioned part in “Black Embrace”) or the snare is soft enough to sound like it’s being played under several pillows (:58-1:27 of “Vibrating Crossroads”). The real killer, however, is with the songwriting. Until now, I’ve not heard an album that made 46 minutes feel like an hour and a half. That’s not good, folks, and I’ve spent over a week with Adversarial Paths. Also, I can’t really recommend a band that has just cool parts of songs. That’s like going to your favorite restaurant and ordering favorite parts of different meals.

But still I have a hunch that Kult of Taurus could have something up their sleeves. I want them to share elbow room in the Lower Depths with their idols, and not just merely changing Cerberus’s three water bowls while waiting for the elevator to be fixed. Unfortunately, Adversarial Paths doesn’t hit like it should. Maybe the next go-around, guys.

Rating: 2.0/5.0
DR: 7 | Format Reviewed: 192 kbps mp3
Label: Forever Plagued Records
Websites: KultofTaurusOfficial | Facebook.com/KultofTaurus
Release Dates: EU: 2015.04.20 | NA: 04.28.2015

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  • Stuart Wellington

    On the subject of Greek black metal, I’ve really been enjoying the latest from Macabre Omen, Gods of War – At War quite a bit. Some solid, heroic tunes on that one.

    • Grymm

      I’ve been meaning to check them out. Thank you for the reminder!


      Me too – that album’s awesome.

    • Kreegwaldo

      Holy shit! I’ve never heard of these guys before, this album is fantastic. Thanks!

    • Alex Skevo

      Listening to Macabre Omen online now. Thanks for pointing this one out. Sounds great. I am sure i will enjoy this one quite a bit.

  • Martin Knap

    I really like Nightfall, I have Lyssa on CD, its kind of goth-ish (Goth/black/death metal?), speaking of goth and Greek metal, I really like Swan Christi, I bought a CD without knowing the band and I’m really digging it.

    • Carlos Marrickvillian

      MP for Golden Dawn… it’s like the fattest leech in the swamp award.

      • Martin Knap

        but now you can’t say that black metal people are all misanthropic, anti-social, disenfranchised and that they don’t care about their fellow citizen :-P

        • Carlos Marrickvillian

          You just listed the entrance requirements for Golden Dawn…except you missed delusions of grandeur…

          • Martin Knap

            Naer Mataron calls itself “the most dangerous satanic band in the world” (you can check out the promo material), so he didn’t obviously lack a sense of self worth. ____one thing you need for being a GD member is a black heart filled with hate, so he had plenty of time to work on that during his time in the band :-)

          • Carlos Marrickvillian

            Being a bass player in a black metal band can be a soul destroying experience…I suppose by joining Golden Dawn somebody might actually notice what he does…

          • Martin Knap

            He’s also the singer, so you can’t blame it on THAT.

          • Carlos Marrickvillian

            “singer” :)

          • Martin Knap

            vocalist, my bad.

  • Tom Hardy

    Here’s the problem just by listening to the song posted – after a minute of twiddling your thumbs you then have this supposedly amazing groovy riff that should impress but it takes you back to every mundane riff ever played in the early/ mid/ late 90’s by a lot of bands. The rest of the song is a bit of a blur. Painful. How many times did you have to listen to this rubbish before writing about it Grymm?

    • Grymm

      Twice a day for a week straight.

  • antitayyip

    is there any pathetic album in this webzin???