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No one can challenge VLTIMAS. The unholy trinity of David Vincent (ex-Morbid Angel), Rune Eriksen (ex-Mayhem) and Flo Mounier (Cryptopsy) have ruled the underground with a metallic fist for more than 30 years.

Their new album ascends to truly epic heights. On the album’s third single, VLTIMAS issue a thunderous proclamation that they’ll never bow down to anyone.

“Invictus” is nothing short of a grand coronation. Flo comes pounding out of the gate before a string of blast beats unfurls with the impressive ease of a king’s scroll.

“Once in a blue moon comes a man of great conviction / Making his presence boisterously known”.

David issues that edict with a familiar snarl, but his time blessing the sick has only sharpened his delivery. On EPIC, he’s brandishing a new style of death metal vocals. Heck, you can actually understand what he’s saying, which only proves how VLTIMAS thrive on pushing the boundaries of extreme metal.

Sure, Rune’s tremolo picking is cleaner, faster and more cold-blooded than ever. But Invictus shows off the truly blasphemous extent of his axe-wielding powers. Led by a headstrong riff, the song furiously charges to the finish line, only to end with pangs of eerie, melodic dissonance.

Photo by © Jolanda Siemonsa

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