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"the instrumentation was creative and original" - Transcending Obscurity (International)
Underground Polish label Via Nocturna has been around since 2004 and has been quietly putting out some stellar releases that are unfortunately going below the radar. Polish quintet Heretique's 2016 album 'De Non Existentia Dei' is no different. The band's worthy to be uttered in the same breath as their Polish counterparts Vader and Behemoth, and Heretique straddle death and black metal genres with impeccable poise and ease. The riffs are absolutely outstanding and the band prefer to keep it crisp and audible instead of obfuscating it with an impenetrable layer of chaos. It's probably due to this reason that the album is seriously addictive and catchy, not to mention memorable. The superb variations keep the album interesting and unpredictable throughout. Be it the album's recording, aesthetics or even the overall presentation, nothing here is half-hearted. There's full commitment to the passion for the style, both from the band and the label, and Heretique are a new force for all to discover - sounding fresh, powerful, and all-round impressive.
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