AD EXTIRPENDA – Cathartic
(independent – 2014)
Born in the city of Nantes in 2008, this french band has its first full length release with “Cathartic”, after releasing an EP in 2012 with the same title, that was mainly used to present the album. Not only they gave it the same title but all the tracks that were featured in the EP came to be also released in the album.
There seems to be a conscious effort to place the french in the same field as other symphonic black metal bands around the scene, but I can’t tag along with that ride even if almost every mention made in their online pages wants to tell me about how well they fit in that particular genre. I admit there are some elements here and there, but they are too few and scarce and the fact they often use keyboards to enhance the potential of their musical landscapes doesn’t magically turns them into a symphonic band. At least not in my eyes. On the other hand, you can easily find the black metal influence, as much as you can find it in bands such as Moonspell, for example. This portuguese band seems to be a huge influence in the creative aspect of AD EXTIRPENDA.
“Cathartic” is a conceptual record focusing on the events that took place in Languedoc during the 13th century which were instrumental in the creation of the Holy Inquisition and responsible for one of the first Crusades, according to the scholars! The band goes through several episodes with songs that also bring some folk and medieval influences to the table. It’s an independent record and it shows in some of the segments as well as in the way the guitars sound sometimes. The song ‘The Inquisitor’ seems to have some of the King Diamond spirit embodied in it and a few of its melodies stay with us for a good while. As for the rest of the album, it comes and goes but doesn’t leave as much of an impact as we would wish.
[reviewed by: Rui Marujo]