Hideous Divinity
Unextinct


4.0
excellent

Review

by Have you tried jamming Helcaraxe? CONTRIBUTOR (134 Reviews)
April 1st, 2024 | 34 replies


Release Date: 03/22/2024 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Waves roll like thunder. Ships torn asunder.

It took me more time than I care to admit to properly formulate my thoughts on the most recent Hideous Divinity outing. None of these reasons stem from some inherent fanboyism or bewildered disappointment or from it being some isolated/alien creative anomaly. Actually, it fits quite neatly into the realms of technically proficient death metal-note, not the subgenre of tech-death itself as I wouldn’t say the guitar leads here are as infused with neoclassical influence as a typical Obscura/Beyond Creation record, nor as fixated on insane scalings as the likes of Nile-but rather it seems to meet at some crossroad between standard busied compositions ala Fleshgod Apocalypse with a propensity towards more traditional death metal stylings ala Hate Eternal ,or even Demigod-era Behemoth. It’s within this admittedly rather safe territory in which Unextinct reigns comfortably, albeit with a bone-shattering grip. That is to say, in layman's terms, this album is pretty ***ing heavy.

We need not gaze too far into this crunchy meisterwerk to see how the mighty romp of “Against the Sovereignty of Mankind” is rife with stopping power. It begins with impressive catharsis-loads of low-end alternate picking, nigh comically fast blast beats, the roar of what could be an in-the-flesh lion and even a mighty tasty bass lick-and never ceases to ride this massive wall of sound, this decidedly “metal” energy in which the entirety of this record exudes. I suppose there are technically moments of respite, i.e. the distressed acoustic strums that introduce “Atto Quarto-The Horror Paradox”, or the first half of “Hair, Dirt, Mud” being predominantly filled with some haunting, aqueous keys (think ghost wreckage in a fogged and lightless ocean), but even these feel like they’re meant to contribute to the robust and over-the-top metal as *** energy this mammoth exudes.

Now, in the wrong hands these qualities could become problematic, but these hands are as grisled as the palms of a lumber mill worker, and henceforth that energy is present EXTREMELY well off this record. For as common a motif as it may be in death metal, the desire for primal destruction will always be something deep within the heart for us monkey-brained fools-and when those gnarly, breathy gutturals resonate with such impressive fullness and ferocity off of “More Than Many, Never One” (which has some particular tight and potent drum fills too might I add) boy does one feel the cataclysmic energy that wreaks havoc upon our fragile mortal bones, shearing away flesh and skin with a primeval force that will forever remain impressive no matter how many bands can manage it. Make no mistake-while this may be helmed by insanely proficient musicians, its tunnel-vision trajectory ensures that it uses as much complexity and arrangement to arrive at a rather simple goal-to sound really goddamn heavy. For someone looking for more emotional nuance or creative goals that are wider in scope, you may need to look elsewhere. This is a primal bone-crusher out to level mountains and stir up mighty windstorms, and it’s a thrashing you will either enjoy or avert. I hope you will come to the former.



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Dedes
Contributing Reviewer
April 1st 2024


9947 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Metal review is metal. Sorry this took a bit I was having a hard time coming up with anything other than "this fucking riffz m/m/m/m/m/".

Hawks
April 1st 2024


86681 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Awwww yeah gotta hear this!

Rowhaus
April 1st 2024


6064 Comments


Band is quite cool indeed

bloc
April 1st 2024


69925 Comments


Pretty good album. Last 3 albums have been decent.

NightOnDrunkMountain
Contributing Reviewer
April 1st 2024


622 Comments


Rich album, gotta listen to all of it

Hawks
April 1st 2024


86681 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Bros the Fleshgod comparison is scaring me.

bloc
April 1st 2024


69925 Comments


Haha yeah I would be scared too. Imo the only similarity is that both bands are from Italy

Hawks
April 1st 2024


86681 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ok that relieves some anxiety cause that band BLOWZ.

necropig
April 1st 2024


7405 Comments


fleshturd

Dedes
Contributing Reviewer
April 1st 2024


9947 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Lol the Fleshgod comparison is moreso in that it has a similar overblown drum style as well as somewhat similar vocals but I suppose tbf Fleshgod vocals are good typical DM fair

Dedes
Contributing Reviewer
April 1st 2024


9947 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Also @Hawks

What if I told you Fleshgod have one genuinely great album and that Veleno actually owns

bloc
April 2nd 2024


69925 Comments


LIAR

Dedes
Contributing Reviewer
April 2nd 2024


9947 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

But it does!

It rules ahrd!!!

Essence
April 2nd 2024


6692 Comments


really solid album

YuriZakhaev
April 2nd 2024


1057 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Reminded me of Fleshgod’s Mafia EP a little bit. Album ownz agreed

Hawks
April 2nd 2024


86681 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Gonna jam this tonight. M///

Hawks
April 3rd 2024


86681 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Slayz. M///

WretchedCacophony
April 3rd 2024


2875 Comments


Fleshgod? These guys have much more in common with Hour of Penance... like, 85% commonality. That number is backed by research, trust me

Dedes
Contributing Reviewer
April 3rd 2024


9947 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I wanted to make that comparison but I only jammed maybe an album of there's many a year ago

I still stand by big similarities with early Fleshgod tho i.e Oracles and Mafia

frozencarl
April 3rd 2024


1603 Comments


hell yea, great review to match a great album

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