Antiquus Scriptum are a band from Portugal that plays a mixture of black. pagan and folk metal and this is a review of their double 2016 album "...Outrora, Quando, as Aguas Choravam...' which was released a joint effort between Negra Nit Distro and Pesttanz Klangschmiede.
A very fast and raw black metal sound starts off the compilation along with a great amount of blast beats and tremolo picking along with some atmospheric elements a few seconds later that also leads to more of a mid paced direction as well as adding in angry black metal screams onto the recording and a lot of the songs also bring back the 90's styles of the raw, atmospheric, symphonic and pagan styles of black metal and there are also a couple of brief instrumental tracks and clean pagan vocals can be heard quite a bit throughout the compilation and when synths are utilized they are very atmospheric and epic sounding.
The riffs can also be very melodic at times and when flutes along with a brief use of bag pipes are added onto the recording they give the songs more of a medieval folk music feeling and spoken word parts can also be heard at times and a good portion of the tracks are very long and epic in length while Gregorian chants can also be heard at times while on some tracks the vocals have more of an angry shouting approach as well as a brief use of growls which also add in a touch of death metal along with elements of thrash being added into the riffing all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them,.
Some tracks bring in violins and more of a symphonic style along and there are also female vocals being utilized at times and some songs also add in classical and acoustic guitars and as the compilation progresses back up war chants are also added into certain sections of the recording and the music gets more diverse witch each song while the solos and leads are done in a very melodic fashion and samples from medieval or fantasy films are also added on certain songs and on the second cd the music starts incorporating more tribal and shamanistic elements and there is also a brief use of choirs on on song.
Antiquus Scriptum plays a style of pagan black metal that is very epic and heavy while also having its atmospheric and symphonic moments, the production can range anywhere from raw to professional since a lot of the tracks where recorded over the years, while the lyrics cover bygone times, Ancient History, Iniquity and Existence themes.
In my opinion Antiquus Scriptum are a very great sounding epic pagan/black metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this compilation. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Procenium A Viking Belief" "Thy Visionary" "Remember Me As King" and "In The Kingdom Of Superstition". 8/5 out of 10.