Cruciamentum
Convocation of Crawling Chaos


3.5
great

Review

by ffs USER (19 Reviews)
August 3rd, 2014 | 18 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist


In the gruesome clusterfuck of 'old school' death metal resurgence that has recently emerged in the late '00s into the early '10s it has become admittedly difficult at times for us mere mortal prospective listeners to differentiate between bands, let alone get any kind of real clue toward which of them are actually good. During a period when 'Incantation worship' seems destined to become a genre of its own, very few bands have been able to carve out any real kind of personality for themselves within the scene.

One such band that has risen amid the clamour of the regrettably dubbed "new wave of old school death metal" are English occult loving riff fiends Cruciamentum. Latin has long been renowned as being the most evil language and when a band's name means 'torment' in Latin its obvious they formed to sound out an unending dirge of triumphantly blasphemous riffs. All three of the songs on this demo or EP or whatever are bursting at the seams with riffs of distantly shimmering dread tastefully murked by gruff and gritty production. Opening tune "Deathless Ascension" is easily one of the best death metal tracks of the last five years; sliding into existence with slick hollow-snare fill, a bleak helltrem, and a beckoning rasp of simply "OOOooooooooghhhhh...", it truly sets the bar in a genre doomed to stagnate.

Cruciamentum's real talent though lies in their songwriting. Time and time again they lift the listener by the scruff of the neck with towering, dismal riffs and tireless blastbeats before hurling them over the edge into the measured torment of a doomed up skullcrushing session, such as the sing-a-long inducing 'DARKNESS PREVAILS' breakdown in "Deathless Ascension", or shortly following the frenzied begging for Nyarlathotep's blessing in the title-track, or the eerie gloomy outro following one last outburst of hellish chaos in "Rotten Flesh Crucifix"; their shrewd arrangements of killer riffs leaves little to be desired, never letting frivolous additions like samples or guitar solos get in the way of their carefully constructed obliteration.

Cruciamentum's perhaps conservative brand of death metal certainly won't have them remembered as originators or even innovators but it seems unfortunate that they might be forgotten in the morass of the genre, because these riffs truly deserve appreciation.



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ffs
August 3rd 2014


4878 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

reviewed so i can write the lyrics in caps from time to time

TheSpirit
August 3rd 2014


17879 Comments


this review is m/ as fuck

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Keyblade
August 3rd 2014


14883 Comments


m/

PunchforPunch
August 3rd 2014


6280 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

duuuuude


m/m/m/

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CaptainDooRight
August 3rd 2014


29354 Comments


faith

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Wizard
August 3rd 2014


19437 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

'Incantation worship' seems destined to become a genre of its own, very few bands have been able to carve out any real kind of personality for themselves within the scene.

Hype told me it was called Caverncore or something like that.

Great review buddy. You captured the atmosphere of the genre quite well. Getting really tired of old school dm though.

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evilford
August 3rd 2014


22641 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

nice rev, this is awesome

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MO
August 3rd 2014


18742 Comments


Always diggin an ffs review, good shit dude

BigPleb
August 3rd 2014


36736 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Fuck ye, a ffs review.

tommygun
August 3rd 2014


24954 Comments


pos

Wizard
August 3rd 2014


19437 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah ffs, you're a unique reviewer. Do more!

Mister Twister
August 4th 2014


1602 Comments


that is a fun album name to say

rolls off the tongue

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
August 4th 2014


14449 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

would be review of the year if not for your immo and portal reviews

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osmark86
August 4th 2014


4195 Comments


commendable review. solid shit.

Keyblade
August 4th 2014


14883 Comments


Reminds me that I need to check out the split with Vasaeleth

Wizard
August 4th 2014


19437 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

^^^^I have it on 7" and it's the best shit they've ever written. Love that split to death.

Keyblade
August 4th 2014


14883 Comments


Damn that's sweet. The cover is probably one of the best I've ever seen, it must look amazing on that 7"

evilford
August 4th 2014


22641 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

can't wait for a full length from these guys. maybe before the end of the year if we're all lucky



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