Patrick : If you think of Italian death metal, the most know bands who will come forward will probably be Fleshgod Apocalypse, Hideous Divinity and Hours of Penance. It is no problem at all to make a list of many other death metal acts from Italy, of which some bands are really interesting. A name you should definitely remember is the one of Order ov Riven Cathedrals.
The name of the band is already not quite unusual, and with only two members - going through life under the illustrious names 12 and En Sabah Nur - the line-up is not very common as well. The same goes for the intro: sparkling rain, electronic sounds and a dazzling, high pitched voice ... right from 'Hymns ov Numbers (Intro)' it is obvious that the technical death metal at ‘The Discontinuity's Interlude’ is far from average. The music houses a lot of atmosphere and calls for mystery. And with that, I might already have gotten to the most distinctive element of Order ov Riven Cathedrals: their technical death metal is so much more than just an overdose of technical riffs and blast beats. Of course, you will come across those at ‘The Discontinuity's Interlude’, but by adding some industrial and black metal influences, the whole turns out darker, heavier and more intriguing. In addition, the frequently added samples (e.g. spoken parts from H.G. Wells's ‘The War of the World’ in ‘Apothem For Atomic Bane’), sounds, voices (the sudden soprano in ‘Dead Sea Scrolls Revelations’) and electronics make that the tracks all turn out very atmospheric, without it being at the expense of intensity for a single moment. The pace is constantly high, but at the right moments, interruption, delay or acceleration are provided, which brings more than enough variety.4
This all makes ‘The Discontinuity's Interlude’ an intriguing introduction to the Italian band Order ov Riven Cathedrals. The duo is currently writing material for a new album; I am very curious to hear the new material, though this ‘The Discontinuity's Interlude’ will definitely intrigue me for a long, long time.