Listening to Scorn Aesthetics, the debut album from French death metallers Ad-Patres is like being persistently courted and pursued by a rapacious giant hornet, its demonic flight a niggling and insatiable tearing of the air and predatory hunt of the senses. The release also has a sonic sting which provokes and enflames thoughts and emotions for what is ultimately one deeply satisfying and thrilling confrontation. Bred in the seeds of the genre, the album is a carnivorous expanse of primal and pack like songs, a death metal corrosion which without setting new standards finds a firm place in the promising and accomplished realms of the genre.
Ad Patres was founded in 2008 by drummer Alsvid (drummer and founder of the legendary French Black Metal band Seth, also ex- Enthroned
and Fornication), who wanted to continue the spirit of original death metal. Enlisting like-minded individuals from and formerly with Withdrawn and I.O.S.T., the band made its first mark with a demo in 2010 and a split release with Writhing last year. Scorn Aesthetics though is the key to a wider awareness and such its intensive and skilled persuasion it is easy to suggest the lock to stronger recognition far beyond their homeland has been opened.
Consisting alongside Alsvid of vocalist Axel Doussaud, bassist Arnaud Pecoste, and guitarists Olivier Bousquet and Canard, Ad-
Patres allow the intro of their album to lay down its intrigue and impending destruction before flying at the ear with a vengeance through The Lock. A fury of crippling rhythms from Alsvid frame and vein the driving fire of whipping riffs and grumbling predatory bass whilst across this corrosion the vocals of Doussaud scour every synapse and syllable of his attack with potent maliciousness and savage intent. It is an exhausting but invigorating encounter quickly backed up by the equally barbaric Scars of Compromise and Circles of Red, guitars and drums taking further swipes at the senses whilst the bass gnaws insatiably within the waspish acidic grooves. As the album, the songs are intense caustic sonic scalding all speared by skilled guitar invention and barbed provocation, and all ridden by the merciless voracious vocal squalls of Doussaud.
The likes of the passion gorging To the Fathers, the compelling title track, and Emphasize Nihility leave their deep lingering marks to continue the impressive presence of Scorn Aesthetics, it is impossible to deny the torrents of break neck technical and contagious metallic exploits from stealing the passions. Admittedly there is at times a surface similarity across the tracks but with a underbelly of unpredictable grooves, esurient riffing, and imaginative twisting of sound, it is an enthralling persistent rampaging violation.
The Kaotoxin Records released album is completed by two final blood boiling ravages in the destructive shapes of Anti and the grievous All that Remains. It is a wonderfully hellacious conclusion to an experience which is as vehemently bruising as it is intensively rewarding. Scorn Aesthetics is an excellent introduction to Ad Patres, a band which you suspect is destined to make future major statements within death metal.
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