Review Summary: So this is what hell sounds like...
Antediluvian is an experimental death metal band hailing from the land of Ontario, Canada. If you're unfamiliar with the band, then I'm gonna try and shed some light for you. They were formed in the year 2006, so they're pretty new to the death metal scene. Up to this point, they've released 6 demos/EP's/compilations and this album, Through the Cervix of Hawaah
, is their debut full-length. This band has been making some noise in the underground metal scene because of their unorthodox style of play. Like I mentioned earlier Antediluvian opts for an experimental type of death metal sound mixed with some black metal-esque atmospheres similar to bands such as Portal, Impetuous Ritual, and Mitochondrion. With that being said, Antediluvian certainly isn't a clone of those bands.
Through the Cervix of Hawaah
is an album that really grabs ahold of you from the get-go and never let's you go. Everything about this album is completely chaotic and that's evident from the very beginning. What you get here is a cluster*** of blackened riffs drenched in a grimy and almost suffocating atmosphere. Imagine yourself floating around in a black abyss and never quite being able to find your way out. That's pretty much how it is listening to this album. You may have a few seconds to catch your composure, take for example the end of the third track Intuitus Mortuus, but next thing you know, you're being knocked out by more and more riffs. The point of all the chaotic riffing on this album is to make you feel as uncomfortable as possible. You can never quite feel content listening to this album. It's like watching a horror movie. You feel like you know what's coming, but you still find yourself jumping at every little thing that happens. The vocals just add to this type of feeling. These aren't just your normal death metal growls. I mean, they are obviously growled vocals, but there's also some sort of effect on them that gives them a slight echo and makes them sound ten times more sinister. You can't understand a damn word the guy is saying, but you really don't have to. All you need to know is he's spewing evil and he wants you to feel it.
I know a lot of people claim that certain albums sound like "hell is coming through the speakers," but in this case, that really is true. If there was a soundtrack to hell, Through the Cervix of Hawaah
would be a prime candidate. And that is where Antediluvian separate themselves from the other bands playing this style of death metal. They take the same formula, but they make it sound even more hellish and gut-wrenching. So basically, if you like this style of blackened/experimental death metal and you haven't heard Antediluvian yet, you're failing at life.