Fulgor Mystical Black Magic Metal

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mystical black magic metalMystical Black Magic Metal was Fulgor’s second demo in a series of three releases which have remained a cult classic within the murky area along the borders of black metal and dark ambient music.  That so much of what is considered either classic or true in the black metal genre (in truth, simply the last station in the evolution of metal) dances to and fro here gives us an important piece of information regarding its intent.  To shock, to hook or to to provide any passing joy has never been the aim of black metal; repudiating momentary first impressions insofar as they become the basis of an opinion, it hides and covers its treasures amidst musical riddles and spiritual affront.

What is interesting about Fulgor is that each of the demos shows the prominence of an influence external to black metal that is related to it and influenced different acts.  In this demo in particular, Fulgor shows a strong preference for the pacing, leanness and short eerie melodies of gothic rock within that slow standard tempo that characterizes it.  In turn, we see gothic rock acts like Septic Flesh borrowing directly from the twin genres of death and black metal.  In doing so, Fulgor accentuates the dark side of that influence, while discarding the alternative, more banal aspects that had held back this magical power in the past.  Nevertheless, the result produced is still light hearted and engaging in a way that does not deter right away.  The test is rather in deciphering the evenness and simplicity of the music, which can only be braved by falling through the sounds.

While the gothic rock nested in the middle songs of Mystical Black Magic Metal portray a dark side that is briefly revealed by a soft folding of the etheric mantle under a light breeze, the intro and outro are the zephyr itself, symbolizing what comes before and all that remains after the vision. On this side, Fulgor displays a flash of what Kataxu would later make ample use of in Roots Thunder.  Standing itself between two much longer demos using very different approaches to channel a same personality, Mystical Black Magic Metal is itself the most plainspoken of the three, showing us the heart of Fulgor more clearly and for a longer period of time.  The first was still too confused, while the latter makes it difficult to fathom and takes the listener on an incredible Lovecraftian journey to the stars.  In short, the best way to get acquainted effectively with what the author perceives is the core of Fulgor, meditation upon Mystical Black Magic Metal is probably the most fruitful over a short period of time.

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