Patria are one of those black metal bands who very quickly established a reputation as being unfuckwithable and then proceeded to beat that message into the heads of their fans for the next nine years. There is a grinding magic to their latest offering, Magna Adversia which reminds us time and time again of the burning passion and fiery magic this kind of music represents for so many. The songwriting on this particular offering and the crushing might behind the guitar tone is reason enough to revisit it time and time again.
I think what really gets me about Magna Adversia is the combination of sheer malice,old school aggression and new school production and songwriting. Patria never lose sight of their roots but at the same time they constantly remind us that the future of black metal is very exciting. They are the sort of band who represent the seething hatred of the South American scene but also who boil over, at times suggesting that the almighty rush of black metal is just the start of what Patria are capable of. The band has reached a point now where they have done enough that they feel like a tightly consolidated unit, proving their dominance continuously.
Patria in many way hint at the future of the genre and drive forward with the same exciting passion and rage that I think got us all caught up in the music so long ago. Magna Adversia is an album that exists in a sort of ideal state and which encourages us to continue picking apart the powerful melodic content, the devastating riffs and the blast beats the crunch all of us into oblivion. When you find an album like this one you need to sit down with it and give it all the attention you can, because there is no end to the madness.
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