Forty-six minutes long, this marvelous record has eight tracks: Without the Light of the Guiding Star, Cradle of Bloodshed, Fallacies of Life, To Pass by the Guard, Cain, Blade of Arrogance Cuts Your Throat, Ecce Homo and Must Go. With an exceptional level of sonorous elegance, Ecce Homo has a placid and serene musical diagram, upon which technical sensibilities provoke the collision of disparate, but complementing elements, that invariably perceives the inherently poetic assignments of the harmonies. With a melancholic dissonance encircled by the latent depressive tonalities of exponentially lugubrious vocals – that hides in the discreet afflictions of its tempestuous restlessness a diluted DSBM influence –, the general grace of the songs are delivered in an evasive, though objective style, that exposes in the serenity of its musical qualities a simple, but effective conjuncture of dynamic virtues, upon which the harmonies revolve reluctantly, albeit naturally.
A graciously beautiful and energetic album, full of originality and splendor, Ecce Homo is a formidably crafted black metal work, whose art is entirely conceived by rearranging in a very original pattern the musical principles of the genre. With mostly rapid harmonies – that rarely takes a break – the sound is a fast and continuous journey into the conscience of emptiness, though adorned with the grace and the vivaciousness of a sensible pragmatism, that acknowledges the expertise of its own visionary and vigorous synergy.
A sensationally exceptional black metal album, Ecce Homo is a genuinely proficient, salutary and original work of art. With organically melodic features that rejuvenates and reinvents the genre in a new musical diagram – but still managing to be easily and inherently characterized as black metal –, Lutomysl delivers to its audience a magnificent and graciously conceived album, whose metaphorical creative aura completely dismantles all the ordinary standards of the genre.