Denigrata: Missa Defunctorum
Industrial/operatic black metal from the pits of Northampton
Industrial-slanted black metal isn’t a fresh idea (Darkspace, Blut Aus Nord) and it takes a great deal of work to create a soundscape that doesn’t sound completely misaligned or convoluted.
Denigrata are a new name on the UK underground, but they’ve given us a debut that screams with confidence and tries to be as cohesive as possible throughout its many changes of style. Harsh, cold vocals play off mechanised beats while more operatic voices vie for room in the midst of the madness and guttural registers pitch into the darkness – all by the second track.