12″ vinyl pressing of ARPHAXAT’s sole demo, Ex Inferis. Originally released on cassette in 2003, Ex Inferis was a crude ‘n’ rude statement of intent from former Hirilorn vocalist/bassist Shaxul. The seeds of ARPHAXAT were planted before Shaxul left his successive band, who would soon reinvent themselves in a manner ostensibly not in line with Shaxul’s vision of black metal. Here he forms half the duo of ARPHAXAT, handling bass and drums, and a deliberately regressive vision is renewed. Ex Inferis pulses and buzzes with the same sort of obscure, bewitching intensity of paradigmatic ’90s French black metal – the scene from which Hirilorn originally sprung and had a hand in creating.