CIEN – Ecce Homo (CD)
Cold, blasphemous, evil, dark, torturous are just some of the words and descriptions that come to mind when listening Cien’s ungodly “Ecce Home” opus.
The guitar rhythms are just too agonizingly played, with the mid-paced to fast snare and double bass parts that just decimate anything in its way. The bass rhythms and percussive work here is pretty tight, and deal a mighty blow to the listener’s ears from inside out.
The atmosphere created by the down tuned guitars and the style with which the songs are written and played bring chilling and hellish moments to the listener. Now this works pretty good, as Cien’s black metal is nothing out of the ordinary but it convincingly clouds your mental state with total anxiety and darkened fear. It almost comes at the listener like a suicidal deathwish, without any mercy.
“Ecce Homo” has seven tracks of the highest quality black metal, minus the production, but then again, who said production had to be big to create a sound so sinister.
The sound and mix are okay, but it is the band’s blackened spirit, which gives Cien their ultra occult-like mystery.
Mind you, “Ecce Homo” is not for everyone, but fans of 1349, Blut Aus Nord and Carpathian Forest with truly relish this bestial effort from the abyss of eternal fires.
Check it out and join the underground cult of Cien. [Old Temple] Sarjoo Devani