Pseudogod
Deathwomb Catechesis


3.5
great

Review

by Martin L. USER (44 Reviews)
August 27th, 2012 | 21 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Russians stuck in the past with Satan

It’s taken them eight years, but in 2012 Pseudogod have finally released a much-anticipated package of bestial hate and sonic rampage. A culmination of everything expected after many splits and demos from the Russians, Deathwomb Catechesis is a blackened death metal album comfortable with callback after callback to monsters of yesteryear like Incantation and Immolation. Their debut is all the better for it, too. It’s clear that Pseudogod have not inserted overwhelming amounts of creativity or innovation on their own, but their brand of death metal is particularly inspired and reverential.

Simplicity can be satisfying, and with this in mind there’s not much to a record like Deathwomb Catechesis. Much of its appeal is strictly in the focus of attitude and direction, as the album rarely deviates from the path of the aforementioned behemoths of death metal and bolstered by constant prayers to almighty Satan. With utter devastation in mind, Pseudogod mold a landscape of rumbling bass and little flair that works as a perfect complement to the vocals, which are absolutely insipid. The growls broil over the old-school-inspired riffs with an unrelenting vehemency, and are the centerpiece of Deathwomb Catechesis.

The band’s debut is a familiar album that almost falls off the cliff into strictly “derivative” territory but with their precision and technicality -aspects that transcend the sheer scope of the album- do not succumb to this brand of failure. What does manage to set this apart is the modern production that augments the clarity to the maelstrom of riffs, adding another dimension to the already-fertile concoction of hatred. So while Deathwomb Catechesis does not usher in any new waves of innovation to the scene, Pseudogod’s solid album adds, along with labelmates Antediluvian, a much-needed dose of death metal to 2012.



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alachlahol
August 27th 2012


7501 Comments


ignored this mainly due to comments on it being derivative

GiaNXGX
August 27th 2012


4867 Comments


Oh, I forgot to rate this album (since I listened to it), very good but it is not something I would listen casually.

carouse
August 27th 2012


302 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ignored this mainly due to comments on it being derivative


You're better off still ignoring it, then. It's blatantly derivative but I was pretty forgiving of that considering I think it's still performed exceptionally well.

MO
August 27th 2012


18897 Comments


nice review dude, heard this was worth a listen

zaruyache
August 27th 2012


6998 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It is def worth a listen. Ugly sounding dirty death metal m/

Digging: Ardour Loom - Demo

ffs
August 27th 2012


4880 Comments


cool alb art

alachlahol
August 27th 2012


7501 Comments


You're better off still ignoring it, then. It's blatantly derivative but I was pretty forgiving of that considering I think it's still performed exceptionally well.


i dont mind derivative if its done well

carouse
August 27th 2012


302 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I think the album art was a big reason as to why I checked this out in the first place.

ValeriusOwns
August 28th 2012


20 Comments


this album is pretty good

Ovrot
August 28th 2012


10518 Comments


album art rules
read the band name as psudeoeogog

Digging: Satan's Satyrs - Demo 2010

Hawks
September 3rd 2012


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Rules.

TheSpirit
October 24th 2012


17953 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Very good review and I agree with everything you say. I listened to this a lot when it first came but haven't listened to it nearly as much since. I probablly would rate this a 3.5 but I'm gonna listen again tonight to make sure.

Btw you should really listen to Monomakh - MMXII, it's another blackened death metal release from this year. I'd love to hear your opinion on it

chambered49
December 12th 2012


1727 Comments


hey so im gonna listen to this nice review

Dodecahedron
February 6th 2013


970 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The vocals on this are perfect.

Wizard
April 21st 2013


19556 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

do not to succumb to this brand of failure.

Get rid of "to".

Good review otherwise. These guys are onto something great, don't care how derivative they are. You could make that argument towards 90% of dm.

Digging: Nero Di Marte - Derivae

Wizard
April 24th 2013


19556 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Slays so hard, loving this album atm.

carouse
April 24th 2013


302 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

No, I believe "succumb to" is correct, there.

ffs
April 24th 2013


4880 Comments


not that to

alachlahol
April 24th 2013


7501 Comments


wizard was talking about this :

do not to succumb to this brand of failure


carouse
May 6th 2013


302 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Oops, my mistake. Thank you for the correction.



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