If you were to just glimpse at the black metal scene on Bandcamp for even a second, you’ll see that it’s the atmospheric variety that dominates an absolute fuck ton of the greater presence of black metal. It’s an interesting style, for sure, with thousands upon thousands of different approaches to the same idea, and I used to be shoulder deep in it. Since then I got a tad burned out, decided to take a healthy break, and I’m slowly getting back into it and seeing bands like Ignis shows that the style still has loads of talent to throw around.
There always comes a point for every single style that when it’s oversaturated, it seems like every other band is doing the same exact thing with very little variation between them. That’s the point I got to with atmospheric black metal for a while, and when I was listening to Ignis, I couldn’t help but feel like I’ve heard every aspect of “Sic Transit Gloria Mundi” before except in different albums from several different bands. It certainly threw me for a loop, but there was still a solid element of enjoyment that was to be had within these six tracks. Sitting through the entirety of “Sic Transit Gloria Mundi” can feel like a real tour de force of what it means to be an atmospheric black metal band from top to bottom with every essential trait being executed wonderfully, yet still with a fair amount of room for improvement. Maybe a little bit more atmosphere here or there to really drive it home and a slightly clunky flow at times are really my only complaints about what Ignis has done here, but even then those are just minuscule issues with the overall satisfaction that “Sic Transit Gloria Mundi” delivers incredibly well.
Many atmospheric black metal acts do the same thing as what Ignis has created here, but it’s the slight variations that bring out the best of this record instead of making it feel like yet another drone amongst an army of clones. “Sic Transit Gloria Mundi” doesn’t come close to being what I’d call a particularly high-quality release of the genre, but it’s without a doubt a fun piece that deserves the attention it can and should get.
LISTEN to “Sic Transit Gloria Mundi” on Bandcamp here.
Ignis doesn’t have any sort of social media that I could find, so, please, toss a like over to the brand new Facebook page of Ignis’ label, “Depths of Void”, here.