Album Review – Faustian Spirit / Blessed by the Wings of Eternity (2022)

A sinister horde from Chile arises from the pits of hell with their debut full-length opus, offering us all eight dismal and imperishable tracks of determined darkness and majestic, sinister Black Metal purity.

From the darkest depths of the subconscious, stained by the blood of the dragons from the other side, Valparaíso, Chile-based Black Metal entity Faustian Spirit was born to see the darkness in 2019 beyond the blackened sun of the anti-cosmic void. Comprised of Magister Nihilifer Vendetta 218 on vocals and bass, N. Psicopompos on the guitars (or on the “anticosmic vibrations” as the band itself likes to say), and Knoʯmenon on drums, Faustian Spirit arise from the underworld in 2022 with their first full-length opus, entitled Blessed by the Wings of Eternity, following up on the absolute darkness of their 2020 self-titled debut demo. Recorded and mixed at Dead Signal, in Chile, and displaying a sinister logo and Sol Intempesta sigil by Nox Fragor Art and a darkly stunning cover artwork and photo frame sigils by Beatriz Wolf Artworks, Blessed by the Wings of Eternity presents eight dismal and imperishable tracks of determined darkness and majestic, sinister Black Metal purity not recommended for the lighthearted.

The opening tune Nullification is brutal, raw and blasphemous form the very first second, with the obscure gnarls by Magister Nihilifer Vendetta 218 crawling deep inside your skin while the anticosmic vibrations blasted by N. Psicopompos are an ode to classic Black Metal. Then Knoʯmenon hammers his drums with endless hatred in his heart in Mysterivm Veritas Silentivm, something in the lines of “the mystery of the truth of silence”, another demolishing Black Metal onrush that will please all fans of the darkest side of music with Magister Nihilifer Vendetta 218 sounding once again inhumane on vocals for our total delight; and the acoustic and extremely sinister guitar lines by N. Psicopompos in the interlude The Faustian Archetype set the stage for Faustian Spirit to crush our damned souls in Sanguinem Drakonis (or “dragon’s blood”), where the trio keeps slamming their sonic weapons mercilessly in the name of pure evil. Furthermore, Magister Nihilifer Vendetta 218 is not only a talented vocalist, but his low-tuned, demonic bass lines also bring an extra touch of obscurity to the overall result.

If you think you’ll have a moment of peace you’re absolutely wrong, because infernal riffs, rumbling bass jabs and nonstop blast beast will decimate your senses in the fast and furious title-track Blessed by the Wings of Eternity, a solid display of Scandinavian Black Metal made in Chile for admirers of the genre; followed by Die Minnensänger, which translates as “the minstrels”, and that’s what you’ll get from Faustian Spirit with three minutes of acoustic guitars, somber passages and sheer melancholy, warming up our senses for the Stygian and grim Sol Intempesta, their most infernal and detailed creation exhaling old school Black Metal spearheaded by the demonic gnarls by Magister Nihilifer Vendetta 218, while N. Psicopompos continues to invade our minds with his undisputed anticosmic vibrations, flowing into the outro Gazers of Tehiru, which despite taking away a tiny bit of all the darkness and energy of the album, it ends up working fine for what it is.

You can enjoy all the blasphemy and obscurity blasted by Faustian Spirit in Blessed by the Wings of Eternity by streaming the album in its entirety on YouTube, but in order to show your utmost support to the most Stygian corners of the underground you should purchase a copy of the album from the band’s own BandCamp page, from the Inferna Profundus Records’ BandCamp page or webstore, as well as from several other retailers such as Sound Cave, Oratorivm, iMusic and Discogs. South American Black Metal never disappoints, and Faustian Spirit make sure the fires of Chilean metal keep burning bright with Blessed by the Wings of Eternity, inviting us all to destroy and transcend the material castle of our ego, conquer our will, and open ourselves to chaos.

Best moments of the album: Mysterivm Veritas Silentivm, Sanguinem Drakonis and Sol Intempesta.

Worst moments of the album: Gazers of Tehiru.

Released in 2022 Inferna Profundus Records

Track listing
1. Nullification 5:03
2. Mysterivm Veritas Silentivm 4:56
3. The Faustian Archetype 2:19
4. Sanguinem Drakonis 8:39
5. Blessed by the Wings of Eternity 3:34
6. Die Minnensänger 3:18
7. Sol Intempesta 6:52
8. Gazers of Tehiru 2:15

Band members
Magister Nihilifer Vendetta 218 – vocals, bass
N. Psicopompos – guitars
Knoʯmenon – drums