It’s been a quiet five years since PERVERTICON last released an album. Bearing the telltale title of Extinguishing the Flame of Life, the album was a bolt-from-the-blue introduction to PERVERTICON and poignantly displayed the band’s mastery of pure, undiluted second-wave black metal. Now, with Wounds of Divinity, they eclipse that feat with a longer, stronger record that proves the past is indeed alive.
From songwriting on down to production, PERVERTICON’s Wounds of Divinity authentically breathes the breath of the ancients – specifically, Scandinavian black metal from 1996 to 1999. No surprise, then, that the band is Swedish, but labor under no delusions that the power-trio are merely (and listlessly) running through tired, old tropes. If anything, the ravening fire that courses through Wounds of Divinity invigorates this largely dormant idiom, reaping a whirlwind of spellbinding melody and cascading violence, all tethered to thoughtfully dynamic songwriting. Not to mention that PERVERTICON possess a flair for the dramatic, both within coloring their songs’ contours but most especially in their visual presentation, thusly giving Wounds of Divinity a fresh, palatably modern aspect.
Present thy veins to PERVERTICON and receive Wounds of Divinity!
Iron Bonehead (Germany), 2018.