Review Summary: Calling upon the oldest of demons...
The primal nature that runs wild in ...of Gory Sorcery and Death
is what first hits the listener. After the short, atmospheric introduction, Blood Urn’s take on violent, blackened death metal flows as if it has always existed. The 2014 demo from Austria is surprisingly fresh and sounds like it has existed before the times of more progressive takes on the same style of extreme metal. As can be expected, this antithesis to progression plays out in an invigoratingly destructive way, ravaging fields of ripe decay in the name of satanic hate. The constant barrage of heavy-hitting riffs call back to the early works of bands such as Cryptopsy, Morbid Angel, Archgoat, and Incantation, who all specialized in the most vigorous styles of extreme metal. The combination of different styles - the varied influences from many different forms of art - helps give ...of Gory Sorcery and Death
its own identity.
In comparison to other groups that attempt to retrospectively place themselves next to their heros, what Blood Urn does here feels unique, it feels like an interesting piece of art in its own right. Whereas this tape consists of more than a few homages to genre classics, the raw energy and simple songwriting latches on to the elements that make albums worth remembering. Tight percussion, dense bass progressions, and clever song progressions go a long way in making your demonic uproar lively and fascinatingly dark. It’s lust for devastation knows no bounds as it indiscriminately consumes and destroys, as great metal demos should.
It’s remarkable that an album such as this one feels in touch so heavily with its roots, yet it still sounds timeless in its own right, as if it could have been released at any point in the lifespan of blackened death metal. A sight such as this is a rare one, as the balancing act of what’s new and what’s old is not an easy one. Yet, Blood Urn’s second release hits with a power and might that not all bands have, which is more than can be said for many contemporary artists in the same field. It’s intense and vicious, while maintaining a level of interesting structure and composition. At the same time, it never feels restrained by this structure, allowing itself to be loose in its execution. ...of Gory Sorcery and Death
is a murky exercise in murderous worship. It’s a gnarly beast that is best left unchallenged, lest you might be swept into its path of chaos, paved with human entrails.