Review Summary: Easily one of the more if not most impressive releases of 2009 for Blackened-Death Metal
I am immensely impressed with this album, and have been counting the days until it released;
I was fortunate enough to actually see these guys by accident when I attended this years "Summer Slaughter Tour" which was before I even knew who they were, and with them not even being on the lineup! They actually opened (which, looking back at it now, was a damn shame - Because they were absolutely amazing).
EASILY one of the more if not most impressive releases of 2009 to date. Right up there with The Faceless' "Planetary Duality", Obscura's "Cosmogenesis", Behemoth's "Evangelion", and Dark Funeral's "Angelus Exuro Pro Eternus".
There is nothing about this album that I immediately disagree with. It's easy to digest, having rather quirky Cradle of Filth-esq riffs, mixed with a more blackened The Faceless/Necrophagist form of intensity in their leads and drumming-patterns. Giving the entire album a sort of evil and morbid aura about it, while still being very upbeat and quick and sometimes even contrary to it's dark and hateful atmosphere being ever-present.
And let's of course not forget their bassist; An utterly amazing induvidual, who - If you've been on YouTube in the past year and a half, and have happened to look up anything on: Origin, Brain Drill, Obscura, or Cannibal Corpse....Then there's a damn good chance you know who I'm talking about; (Hint: go to YouTube and search "Brain Drill - Bury The Living" and he'll be the first video [blonde hair - cant miss him]) and the video should speak for itself.
This album is extremely well-balanced, and alltogether a good listen that at first listen could be somewhat suprising. I imagine that if anyone doesnt like this album, it will most likely be because of their vocalist - whom for inexperienced listeners of this style of music may become quickly or easily turned off from them - as it is something of an acquired taste. Personally I love them, as his eerie shrieks give off a kind of sinister vibe that flows well with the music and accentuates the emotions they are trying to convey in the intensity of their music.
But alltogether they are a very structured band that has MASSIVE potential. Especially considering this is their DEBUT album - which by itself speaks volumes for their dedication and hard work, no matter what your opinion is of the band themselves.
Recommended for any fan of both Black Metal or Death Metal.