Label: I, Voidhanger Records
That The Crowning Quietus didn’t make my 2017 top five can only be explained by how late in the year I came to the album. Since encountering it towards the end of last year, the latest album from Inconcessus Lux Lucis has been one of my most listened-to albums, with its fearlessly creative take on black-thrash being a constant delight. The initial rush of energy has never worn off, and the progressive aspects of the album find new ways to impress me. It’s one of the best black metal albums of recent times, and deserves to be huge.
Not that it will be, of course. Music this simultaneously aggressive, enjoyable, and creative will only ever be an underground concern. Though I describe it as black-thrash, the truth is it’s an album that’s constantly pushing at the boundaries of the style – too progressive, maybe, for most black-thrash fans, but too belligerent for more progressively minded fans. A shame, really – especially when the early heavy metal worship present is taken to consideration, that makes songs like ‘Fever Upon the Firmament’ such a thrill. The Crowning Quietus is the kind of album that makes most other music seem obsolete, and should be hailed as the modern classic that it is.