Ad Extirpenda are a band from France that plays a symphonic form of black metal with some death metal influences and this is a review of their self released 2014 album "Cathartic".
The album starts out with a very symphonic sounding intro and after the intro the music goes for a more modern and heavy sound while also keeping around the symphonic elements as well as adding in more black metal screams and melodic riffing and after awhile powerful bass guitars and solos are added into the music and they also bring a progressive feeling to the recording.
After awhile clean guitars and spoken words are added into certain parts of the recording along with a small amount of clean singing being added in at times as well as returning on some of the other tracks and on the following track classical guitars become a part of the recording before returning to a heavier direction along with the vocals adding in a bit more of a death metal influence while also mostly sticking to a melodic black metal direction.
When we get more into the album the music starts bringing in a mixture of both clean and heavy parts along with the synths utilizing more avant garde sounds and at times you can hear traces of medieval folk music in the guitar leads as well as the synths on the last song and after awhile the music starts utilizing a brief use of blast beats and classic metal influences in some of the tracks.
With this album Ad Extirpenda add a modern approach to symphonic black metal along with a powerful sounding production and lyrics that cover the French Inquisition of the 14th and 15 centuries.
In my opinion Ad Extirpenda are a very great sounding symphonic and melodic black metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Gnosis" "Holocauste" "The Inquisitor" and "Ego Te Absolvo". 8 out of 10.