With members spread between the USA and Europe, the pan-international
OCULUS was spawned from the mind of Nero and then perfected by the
minds of both Kozeljnik and Bornyhake. Both esteemed musicians prior
have played in The Stone, Borgne, Pure, Manii, Deathrow, Enoid, and
Ophidian Coil. Bornyhake contributed drums, bass, and keyboard samples
while Kozeljnik contributed lyrics and vocals. The band was meant to
illustrate their idea of what black metal was to them and the darkness
within, as well as anti-Christian themes.
And indeed they do on the highly antic ipated debut album The Apostate of
Light. Heaving and hulking and yet emitting a wealth of nuance and
especially atmosphere for something so spiraling and gnarly, OCULUS
create a dissonant and chaotic experience that nevertheless manages a
palpably linear flow. Orthodox black metal in the most classic sense, The
Apostate of Light verily illuminates every crypt-dark passage with the
blinding light of Lucifer. That the album was written in 2014 and yet still
sounds timeless in any era is all the more remarkable. Behold The Apostate
of Light with OCULUS!
Cat No: YOTZ010LP
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