Finally! After nearly three years of being teased with their excellent EP The Dagger and The Chalice, Dark Descent has fully unleashed the debut full length from Corpsessed. With the kind of expectations set by the band with such a stellar EP, it’s evident they’ve spent much of this time to hone and refine their attack over the ten track, 47 minute melee. The performance itself sounds tighter and more layered, giving the songs a stronger sense of cohesion, both individually and as a whole.
Furthermore, Abysmal Thresholds is strengthened by a light sprinkling of synth that takes a great song like “Trepanation” and thrusts it into the realm of orchestrated brilliance. The overall effect of “Sovereign” is aided by its presence in a similar way as well. Excluding its inclusion as the intro for “Ravening Tides,” its use is, indeed, quite subtle, but becomes more noticeable with each and every play.
For a band that was already good at summoning that eerie sound Finnish Death Metal acts are often so keen at employing, Corpsessed have really vaulted their songwriting to next level status in terms of atmosphere.
Label: Iron Bonehead
Clocking in at just over 22 minutes, the new EP from Singapore’s warring Black/Death trio Nechbeyth is a blood-smeared fist in the face of organized religion. Following in the footsteps of fellow countrymen Impiety, Nechbeyth blaze their path of destruction with a cacophony of atom-splitting riffs, ball-busting percussion, and a profane, alternating vocal attack that singes the brow with its highs and crushes the skull with its lows. Bass? Can’t make out a damn thing and on a record like this, that’s just fine. Sure, a more defined low end could provide more “umph”, but a lack of bass is something of an accepted nuance in Black Metal, and with the old school style this band evokes, it’s all about the whirlwind of flesh searing riffs.
In a perfect world, LARVAE, from the ever so musically fascinating SF Bay Area, would be ruling the world of blackened death-doom and handing out invaluable lessons to everyone when it comes to things like form, integrity, character, style and execution. But as we know the world is far from perfect, and is actually more often than not a spiteful and cynical shithole pit of injustice, where assholes and jocks rule the world while real talent goes completely unnoticed. Well fuck that. Maybe it’s just because of this that Larvae is where it is, or maybe cause these boys are shy and prefer to stay away from the spotlight, but truth is, it is most likely that none of you, or very few of you, have heard of this band before, and that, sorry to say, is fucking unacceptable.
How much malice, evil and blasphemy can someone fit into fifteen minutes? A fair fucking bit when you take a closer look at the first demo from Acualli, who are able to channel the spirit of black/death acts such as Blasphemy, and thus bring forth six songs of sickening wrath and unstoppable fury.
The opening title track has an imminent effect on the listener, as you are overwhelmed by the destructive spirit of the band. Imposing guitar sound and the continuous beating of your ears is all that you will find within, aided by the fast tempo and the deep, abyssal vocals that destroy all hope. The tempo might change with “Rites of Mockery,” but the abrupt and menacing personification of the band retains the same characteristics. A dark ambiance and the rejection of any light is all that you will find within the core of Acualli.
Label: Memento Mori
Hailing from Texas, Church of Disgust welcome in 2014 in the dirtiest conceivable way. The death metal duet had previously released a demo and their Invocation of Putrid Worship EP (through Filthy Cave Records) before tackling on their first full-length album, Unworldly Summoning. And that is exactly what this record is… unworldly.
The heavy guitars and torturous tempo of Church of Disgust lead the way through the territories of old school, dirty death metal. The influence of the Florida death metal scene is obvious on the album, and Church of Disgust really do their best to channel the spirit of the old generation through the thirty three minutes and thirty three seconds of the album. From the intro of the album, you are transferred to the dark realms of the band, but the terror does not quite hit you until “Immemorial Lunacy” takes over, ripping your very essence apart, as the heavy guitars and slow tempo swamp your speakers.
Darkest of the dark and evil black/death metal has been enjoying a healthy rejuvenation over the last few years, with plenty of bands spewing forth their caustic riffs of old school fury and strains of modern flair. Labels like Nuclear War Now and Dark Descent have been vital cogs in this machine, releasing some key records of late, and it’s the latter that takes the stage this time, releasing Svn Eater, the second LP from London outfit Lvcifyre.
Horns motherfucking UP! ACT OF IMPALEMENT get my vote as the sickest, youngest heaviest band to release anything in 2013. These dudes create type of war doom that makes the hairs on the back of my neck die. Stop whatever you are doing and download Hyperborean Altar from ACT OF IMPALEMENT for free. Then you will hear why this band is CVLT Nation’s favorite young band of 2013!
It’s almost preposterous say in the first sentence of a review, but Unru have created perhaps one of my favorite releases of the year and it’s a demo. Unru hail from Germany and, like many bands of the more contemporary blackened crust movement, only reveal themselves through veiled mystique and runes. But image aside, let’s talk about the powerhouse that is DEMO MMXIII.
The demo itself brings with it all of the gritty qualities one would expect to be associated with a demo: low production, cymbals crashing and creating waves of non-sound, guitars that are seemingly lost in the mix, however none of this is a slight against Unru in the least bit and if anything, it really drives the point home. Four interlude tracks I-V serve as moments of atmosphere for the album, giving the listener breaks in-between the absolute onslaught that is DEMO MMXIII. I think what strikes me the most about Unru is the ridiculous vocal sound because I’ve never quite heard anything like it; the vocalist creates something so animalistic and sinister that it’s actually quite exciting to hear from track to track. Similarly, I felt as though the drums throughout most of the tracks held a particular antagonistic relationship with the guitar, much to each instrument’s benefit…Full CVLT Nation Review HERE!