Review Summary: Another solid offering of old school death metal ala modern composers.
Most individuals who may stay up on modern death metal releases may have no clue who Vastum is, or even less, heard of them. Simply put they’re a band who writes solid death metal favoring the old school vibes. Fans of Funebrarum, Entombed, and Bolt Thrower should find themselves right at home here. Vastum doesn’t focus on trying to change the genre they mainly are geared towards releases well written music using tried and proven formulas from the old school death metal frontiers. Since their beginning in 2009 they’ve released two LP’s which brings us to our discussion of their second offering Patricidal Lust. Just the name itself signifies some sick stuff. Lyrics about children killing their parents is besides me but that’s what we have here and that’s what Vastum has decided as their top in this offering. Whether the topics come from their own personal experiences or if they are choosing to write about it in the third person is besides me but as artists they should be respected with the understanding that they are approaching subject as just that, ‘artists’.
The opener “Season in the Claustrum” is good track Vastum choose as the opener. Because of its slow doom-like tempo and crushing riffs it allows the listener to adjust to the production quality and crusty guitars, drawing them into a realm of darkness and despair which suites the music’s theme well. As with most proper death metal albums a good blend of crushing doom riffs and faster paced tremolos are always welcome when done right and Vastum knows exactly what they’re doing because they seem to score solid passages almost every time. This is what makes Patricidal Lust so enjoyable; they know how and when to adjust the riffs and feel to carry the listener and atmosphere into desired emotional landscapes. “Enigma of Disgust”, one of my favorite tracks, is an amazing track which delivers some unique atmospheres, not because the actual passages are new, but because the arrangement of passages are new. As it progress, “Enigma of Disgust” just keeps getting more and more putrid. As we come to the final minutes, this track enters a fresh realm of filth with blistering-reverb filled vocals which acts as a fitting doorway into the following track. Vocalists Dan and Leila together have great variations in their deliveries. At times, when the music calls for it, we’ll hear low gutturals and seldomly we’ll have mid-high pitched shrieks. Don’t pick up Patricidal Lust expecting ground-breaking music. Do it because you love old school death metal and music where you can feel the time and attention given to it to make it a worthwhile listen.