Father Befouled
Revulsion of Seraphic Grace


4.0
excellent

Review

by Robert Garland CONTRIBUTOR (198 Reviews)
November 23rd, 2012 | 45 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Death metal without remorse, Revulsion of Seraphic Grace is a powerhouse record of 2012.

There’s nothing sweet about Father Befouled, old school death metal in the same vein as Funebrarum or Cruciamentum. The music is dank, raw in its production, the growls are deep and the riffs swallow the listener whole. Featuring members from Encoffination, Decrepitaph and Black Funeral listeners can expect the music to have a quality only matched by the already mentioned bands. Revulsion of Seraphic Grace reinforces that the old school death metal ways are far from dead. The music is primal and has an excellent display of well-placed throaty growls, throbbing riff lines and drums that never go over the top. Revulsion of Seraphic Grace doesn’t try to be anything but a heavy, sinister death metal release.

After sharing a lot of split albums and having (and quite fairly) two year gaps between full length records Father Befouled finally release another record. There isn’t a lot different from their previous releases. The consistency they show is excellent between records; they match the intensity and quality with each album and match that with the tracks within the record. Tempos shift and draw out an eerie sinister atmosphere backed by rung out riffs similar to those found on doom records before the tempo is brought back up to a brisk walk. Unfortunately for the listener Revulsion of Seraphic Grace is over too quickly. Despite the length of the final track ‘Triumvirate of Liturgical Desecration’ the album comes short of forty minutes. It could be said that this is a good length for most metal releases but in this case, it leaves the listener wanting more.

Father Befouled are in no way an innovative force (that’s probably why they call it ‘old-school’), this Chicago based powerhouse create their music on simplistic patterns that are done extremely well. There’s no frilly bits here, no endorsements for keyboards and nothing in the way of those hideous breakdowns. The closest it gets to anything out of the ordinary is the use of feedback on ‘Triumvirate of Liturgical Desecration’ where if anything only adds to the primal and raw (keep in mind that this wasn’t recorded in a tin can) sounds on Revulsion of Seraphic Grace and the small use of effects found on ‘Impetus to Angelic Descension’ which creates a little more interest for the listener. For 2012 metal there is a lot to look forward to and a lot to look back on. Old school death heads look a long way back and find a sound that presents the listener with uncompromising values somewhat following an Incantation vibe. It’s not uncommon to have the two compared, not only to the early waves of death metal but to the members other acts. Its music to please fans, fans of the genre and for those looking to get into the simple things in metal itself. The music doesn’t drag out but rather cuts short Father Befouled present much of the same throughout the album but in the ideas simplicity the record excels. For listeners looking for some primal sounding new age death metal there may be a couple of places to look but Father Befouled’s Revulsion of Seraphic Grace should a 2012 album to stand alongside Funeral Whore’s Step Into Damnation and be an enjoyable listen for anyone who likes a sound reminiscent to that of Incantation.



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NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
November 23rd 2012


7122 Comments


Now up because Telstra's a bitch.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
November 23rd 2012


8387 Comments


Good review, bumping it just because. As I said, will probably look into it at one point.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
November 23rd 2012


7122 Comments


Thanks for the pos and the bump man, yeah definitely a check out album. It will find a place on my best of 2012 list, especially in the way of old school death.

Wizard
November 23rd 2012


19607 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good writeup buddy. I think Disma was the last record I could handle that brought the old-school monotonous dm. Just getting a little bored of this revival. It's like why would I drop my hard earned cash on this when I have 50 records that sound exactly like it?

Even the new Incantation wasn't that spectacular. I need some more Immolation dammit!

Digging: Full Of Hell & Merzbow - Full Of Hell & Merzbow

Eclecticist
November 23rd 2012


3863 Comments


Again, this is a solid review. I personally don't feel as though this band has ever released anything 4/5 worthy. I have never been much of a fan but that may be because I have become a little more particular about the death metal I listen to.

Nikkolae
November 23rd 2012


4866 Comments


well if it has members of Encoffination in it im game. nice review

Digging: Giant - Song

Funeralopolis
November 23rd 2012


11754 Comments


album sucks

Digging: Waxahatchee - Cerulean Salt

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
November 23rd 2012


7122 Comments


This isn't quite as monstrous as Disma : ) but still has a high replay value. Thanks guys your input is valued here.

Adabelle
November 23rd 2012


4258 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Cool stuff man, should probably check this out, sounds like something I'd enjoy

ShadowRemains
November 23rd 2012


21320 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

album sucks


not really

Wizard
November 23rd 2012


19607 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It kind of does though when you think that you've heard this done a million times before and done wayyyyyyyy better.

However, old school dm and done ok gets some cred.

ShadowRemains
November 23rd 2012


21320 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

*sigh*

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
November 23rd 2012


7122 Comments


Sorry wiz going with Shadow on this one. The album does have sex appeal

Wizard
November 24th 2012


19607 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Trust me, you will get bored with this revival movement. Sex appeal or not, I had a gf back in highschool and sex just became boring with her. The end.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
November 24th 2012


7122 Comments


Lol that is a rough comparison. However there is some credit due here. If you allow the sex metaphor here to continue: the same thing with someone else becomes new again.

Wizard
November 24th 2012


19607 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Hahahahaha true to that but I still find the comparison very accurate. You just wait buddy and after awhile, you will be coming back to Wiz the wise to tell me about your harrowing account of boredom.

Gonna go pop on Onward to Golgatha.

Eclecticist
November 24th 2012


3863 Comments


I agree with Wizard, the replay value for albums like this one (if it exists at all) doesn't last long.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
November 24th 2012


7122 Comments


I gotcha man, just checking : )

ShadowRemains
November 24th 2012


21320 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I agree with Wizard, the replay value for albums like this one (if it exists at all) doesn't last long.


ok butcheredchildren

Wizard
November 24th 2012


19607 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Doesn't mean I don't respect them for what they're doing ; ).



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