Roel de Haan : The French merchants of darkness and dissonance of Aosoth return after four years with new full-length album. Of course, there have a few splits and mini albums in between but a complete album is what were waiting for. Now their fifth is here. ‘V: The Inside Scriptures’. By now Aosoth has a quite distinct style of their own and they don’t deviate much from this. This means we’re offered razor-sharp riffing with many dissonant elements, pummelling drums and raucous raspy vocals. Aosoth’s compositions are quite elaborate and varied. Raging aggressive blasts, slower brooding parts and even some groovy sections are to be found in large quantities across and within the tracks. ‘V: The Inside Scriptures’ features less dark ambient passages its predecessor ‘IV: An Arrow In Heart’ and therefore feels more urgent, aggressive and fluent, which to me is an improvement. ‘V: The Inside Scriptures’ offers hatred, spite and bile in spades and at times comes close to the level of vehemence that Antaeus showed on their magnum opus ‘Blood Libels’. Of course, Aosoth has a more contemplated and complex approach, but the level of hatred and darkness never feels overwrought or contrived. ‘V: The Inside Scriptures’ delivers misanthropic darkness and vitriol of the highest quality and comes highly recommended.