Despite being released thirteen years ago, Negotium Perambulans In Tenebris is an album that sounds timeless. Recently A389 Records have re-issued a deluxe - and remastered - version that features a more menacing sound and the original artwork. The noticeable change comes in the form of switching out the “Bite It You Scum” cover with a ripping rendition of “Yes Ma’am.”
debut full-length saw the band shift from lengthy tracks like “83%” and
“Cave In” in favor of barbaric thrash that barely saw song lengths past
two minutes. Negotium Perambulans In Tenebris also introduced some of
their most memorable material and staples of live performances such as
“Crush Opposition”, “First Blood”, and “One Way To Die.”
Boatright - Audiosiege and guitarist for From Ashes Rise - did a great
job in the remastering stage. The aggression and vitriol isn’t lost but
enhanced ten-fold to create something much more meaner and vicious.
Mike’s vocals jump out of the record like a howling, blood-lusting demon;
the guitars sound filthy in all the right ways and the drums are
deafening. All together an unforgettable crescendo of annihilation,
misanthropy, and sheer violence is forged.
deluxe reissue also features the original artwork instead of the plain
black cover the Crawlspace press had. The Army Of The Seven Crowns is
shown in its full glory, covered in fallout ash, against a dark
background and blood-red banners. Themes explored in the thirteen tracks
such as pestilence, the 7 Crowns, and warfare are prominently
displayed, perfectly complimenting the music.
is the sound of endless warfare.There are no frills or bullshit when it comes to the music. Every moment is raw, calculated, and most of all malevolent. While many bands try to be 'evil' and 'brutal', very few come off as genuine. Gehenna is one of those few.
Be on the look-out for
DEATHCAMPOFTHESKULL, the band’s third full-length, which be out later
this year on A389 Records.