Formicarius | Imperative Management:
It’s worth remembering, yet all too easy to forget, that Black Metal was spawned in Britain, in the industrial north of England, not in a forest by an icy fjord. But as the ‘80s faded away and the ‘90s began the Scandinavian hordes laid claim to the darkest of musical forms, asserting their dominance with unassailable might. Now, there comes to the fray a band whose breathtakingly bold intent is to recapture the throne...Formicarius entwine blasting fury in coils of wicked melody, swathe monstrous power and velocity in cold shrouds of melancholic atmosphere, harness raw savagery with striking skill and musical dexterity. The name may be a new one, but the fiends that lurk behind it have plenty of experience to draw on and all that experience was made immediately apparent in the ferocious adrenaline rush of their first single, ‘Lake Of The Dead’ and in their heart-stopping live performances. Right from the start Formicarius planted their standard with reckless defiance and howled out a challenge to any who would dare defy them. The live shows became more prestigious as their reputation grew and Formicarius found themselves performing alongside the likes of NEGURA BUNGET, NOCTEM and HATE. Then, in late 2016 the band took a huge step forward in their quest to claim the throne of British black metal, appearing on the compilation album SPEED KILLS VII that heralded the rebirth of the great Music For Nations label, now under the Sony umbrella. The original SPEED KILLS albums helped introduce a generation to the groundbreaking sounds of METALLICA, SLAYER, ANTHRAX, BATHORY, SODOM, MEGADETH and many more pioneers of metallic extremity. This latest instalment in the series shines a spotlight on the cream of British underground talent; featuring established names like ACID REIGN and AKERCOCKE alongside fierce new acts like VOICES, THE KING IS BLIND and of course, Formicarius themselves. Their advance never slowed for a moment as 2016 became 2017 and the announcement soon came that German label Schwarzdorn Production had offered Formicarius a deal and would be releasing their debut full length album, entitled Black Mass Ritual. Black Mass Ritual gathers up all that is great about black metal - the atmosphere, the intent, the velocity, the savagery, the dark beauty, the drama, the overwhelming power – and breathes new life into its decayed lungs, infusing it with a raging, unholy vigour. This is a debut of immense, unquestionable potency and though Formicarius’ aims remain grand in scope and scale, their ambitions mountainous, there is no longer any room for doubt. The throne will soon be theirs for the taking. With Black Mass Ritual Formicarius have ignited a flame which will consume the metal world and it’s time to burn.
“...a tidal wave of bombastic black metal grandeur...”
Zero Tolerance Magazine