Anima Sementis is a German symphonic black death metal band from Erlangen, Bavaria. They were formed in 2006 and in 2008 they recorded and self-released their debut full-length album “Sermon of Lies“. Now, 5 years later, they return with a brand new 3-track EP, entitled “Interitum“, while they are still working on the next full-length album.
The EP contains 3 songs and lasts only for 15 minutes, but it’s more than enough to present the band’s excellent atmosphere and sound. Anima Sementis play dark and melodic black death metal with many symphonic elements and influences from eastern “oriental” tunes and scales; they call their music apocalyptic black death metal, describing perfectly their atmosphere and concept. Powerful rhythmic guitars, epic riffs and melodic lead guitars are combined with brutal growling vocals and dark atmospheric synths. The first 2 songs, “World Dominion Collapse” and “Ruins” have a more aggressive approach with more “eastern” elements, while the last one “Masquerade of Grace” is a bit slower and darker. Anyway the differences aren’t that big, since all 3 songs are joined, sounding more like a long track. Their lyrics are in English, dealing with apocalyptic and mythological themes and you can find them in the booklet. Anima Sementis have a very good production and a solid, mature and remarkably balanced sound.
“Interitum” is a very promising EP and now the band has to prove itself capable to remain in the same level and to keep the interest of the listener in a full-length album, avoiding repetition. Anima Sementis self-released this EP on April 2013 in a standard jewel-case edition CD, including a 4-page booklet designed and illustrated by Patrick Wittstock. I must admit that this wonderful cover artwork is what made me listen to their music and it depicts perfectly the atmosphere of the album. Remains of glorious past and modern world ruins, all combined in a dark post-apocalyptic urban landscape. Fans of dark symphonic black death metal better check their official pages to get a taste of their music.