We’re heading down to Australia today for some killer black metal. Australia has been on fire as far as extreme metal goes. There seems to be no end to the amount of punishing bands the country has to offer. All you really need to know is Portal hails from there, but there are numerous bands, treading their own path of extremity. While this release is twelve years old, it’s still a great example of what Australia has to offer, particularly in respects to black metal. This album is a blast force of fury. Right after the intro it just comes out of the gates swinging and rarely relents, until the beautifully structured “Acquisition of the Stars,” and then it’s right back into the fray. On top of all this ferocity is a great melodic song structure, very reminiscent of the 90′s Swedish black metal (I’m sure you know all about that by now if you follow these posts) I’m so fond of. They use that melody, combined with their ridiculous aggression to make something quite beautiful. Despair and hostility can be a beautiful thing and there are some of us who don’t automatically associate those things with negativity. This album is a stunning example of that. Just put this on, let the bombastic fury overtake you and bang your fucking head.